Several visitors had seen that the male had first briefly touched the lioness, after which the two predators caused a lot of roar during their fight and the female remained dead.
'Fatalities very rare'
According to spokeswoman Wineke Schoo from Burgers' Zoo is not exactly aware of what went into the battle with fatal consequences. "It happened in an inlet where no cameras hang. Lions fight with each other, but often it is playful and a fatal outcome is very rare. "
Schoo:" We have to do it now with the information of visitors who witnessed it. In the past few days we have had no indication that the two lions would be together with each other. In the snow they sought warmth in the past few days by lying against each other ", according to Schoo
Female lowest in rank
The two fighting lions were part of a group of four in total: one male and three females. The lioness was the lowest in rank; the male was the boss. The lion enclosure has been deposited for the public. The visitors are taken care of by employees of Burgers' Zoo.
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