Libyan capital rocked by explosions, air strikes as death roll rises
Five things you need to know about Sri Lanka bombings
Ukraine elections: Comedian wins race for president, exit polls show
N Ireland police arrest teenagers over killing of reporter McKee
Rare tiger kills prospective mate in first meeting at London Zoo
09 February 2019, 06:00 | Glen Norman
KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH APMelati a female Sumatran Tiger was killed by her potential mate at London Zoo
London Zoo's beloved female tiger Melati has been brutally mauled to death by her potential new mate while the two beasts were being introduced for the first time today.
The two tigers were initially kept in separate, adjoining enclosures, where keepers allowed the two animals to "smell and react to each other". Keepers were able to restrain Asim, but Melati died from the attack.
A statement published by the zoo details what went wrong: "Their introduction began as predicted, but quickly escalated into a more aggressive interaction". On Friday, they put the two tigers into the same enclosure, and Asim killed Melati as shocked handlers tried in vain to intervene. "Zoo staff immediately implemented their prepared response, using loud noises, flares and alarms to try and distract the pair, but Asim had already overpowered Melati", the ZSL said. After their keepers saw positive signs, they decided to make the "high-risk" introduction on Friday morning.
APAsim a new addition to London Zoo killed Melati as shocked handlers tried in vain to intervene
The zoo acknowledged that while introductions of big cats are always considered "high risk", zoo experts had observed "positive signs" and deemed it to be the "right time" to introduce the pair.
A spokesman for London Zoo said staff were "devastated" and "heartbroken".
Melati had previously given birth to tiger cub twins at the zoo three years ago.
GTA roads remain slippery as freezing drizzle continues
"It started out with ice pellets, that turned to snow and then we saw some rain and now a little bit of freezing rain", he said . Drivers are advised to slow down and maintain a safe following distance as roadways and parking lots may become slippery.
The zoo announced Asim's arrival - whose name means "protector" in Arabic - from Ree Park Safari in Denmark, on January 29.
The zoo said it would now focus on caring for Asim.
The World Wildlife Fund estimates there are only around 400 Sumatran tigers left due to the toll from poaching, deforestation and encroachment by people in Indonesia.
It was a tragic end to hopes that the two would eventually breed as part of a Europe-wide tiger conservation program for the endangered Sumatran subspecies.
Heralding his arrival, the zoo described him as "a handsome, confident cat who is known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life", adding that "we're hoping he'll be the flawless mate for our attractive Melati".
Mazda celebrates 30 years of MX-5 with Anniversary Edition
Like all 2019 Miata's, the 30th Anniversary Edition relies on a 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for motivation. Yesterday Mazda pulled the wraps off a very special MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show .
Abortion case shows Roberts firmly at Supreme Court’s center
The Fifth Circuit's decision to allow the Louisiana law to take effect, is, as my colleague Imani Gandy explains here , bonkers. But those challenging it filed an emergency brief in the Supreme Court asking for it to block the law as they sought an appeal.
Venezuela's humanitarian aid standoff
It's possible the Venezuelan government fears aid crossing the border could be used as cover for an invasion to depose Maduro . The bridge is at the same site where officials plan to store humanitarian aid that Guaido is vowing to deliver to Venezuela.
North Korean Flag at Heart of New Loyalty Campaign
Both Koreas have endorsed an end-of-war declaration as a trust-building measure that could move nuclear diplomacy forward. DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Suns acquire Heat's Johnson
The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat joined forced for a little bit of salary-dumping trade action on Wednesday afternoon. He is best known for his hustle that often left him with missing teeth and other aggression-related injuries.