First date for 2 rare tigers ends in death

The courtship went on for 10 whole days. They were kept apart, but tantalizingly close enough so that each could see, hear, and smell the other.

When the matchmakers believed that the time and the place were right — Friday at London Zoo — the rare Sumatran tiger called Asim and a female named Melati were put in the same enclosure together.

Advertisement The animal’s handlers scrambled in vain to intervene, the zoo said, "using loud noises, flares, and alarms to try and distract the pair, but Asim had already overpowered Melati."

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