A female jaguar was mauled to death by a male one at a Florida zoo, officials said.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens said Tuesday that a 21-year-old female jaguar named Zenta was killed during a brief encounter with a 12-year-old male jaguar, Harry.
Harry had been brought into the same holding complex Saturday to be examined after he ingested “pieces of an enrichment item,” zoo officials said.
The two big cats became aggressive towards each other, prompting zoo officials to unsuccessfully try to separate them.
The animal health team was brought in to immobilize Harry, but Zenta had already died by the time they arrived.
“Zenta’s death is the result of a terrible mistake, and we are reviewing all aspects of this awful occurrence,” Dan Maloney, deputy zoo director, said in a statement.
Maloney said the zoo has launched an investigation into the fatal incident.
“Our focus now is to complete the investigation and identify corrective measures to mitigate this type of incident in the future,” Maloney continued.