A rare white tiger has been killed during a brawl with a pack of Bengal big cats after a zoo keeper allegedly left the enclosure door open.
Two white tigers named Amar and Shreyas managed to get into an enclosure next to theirs which was home to the Bengal tigers.
The incident occurred on Sunday at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore, where the two white tigers brawled with a bunch of Bengal tigers.
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Amar escaped with injuries to his jaw and paw, but nine-year-old Shreyas bore the brunt of the attack.
In the clip, Shreyas can be seen trying to fight off the animals as zoo staff try and distract or scare the animals away from the fight.
The staff can be heard sounding car horns and yelling while the tigers surround and bite at the white beast.
Shreyas was taken away for treatment, but died on Wednesday September 20 despite efforts to heal her.
C Jayaram, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for the government said an investigation has been launched.
In the meanwhile we have also instituted an inquiry to find out why such a mishap happened.
It should not be repeated and people who were lethargic must be punished. Both the Bengal tigers are fine and they have been treated.
The investigation will uncover the circumstances that lead to the death of the rare creature, and if anyone is found culpable, they will be dealt with accordingly.
The white tiger is an endangered species, and it’s currently thought that there are no wild white tigers.
No wild white tigers have been seen for 50 years, largely due to the destruction of their native habitats by humans.
The white tiger is a genetic mutation of the regular Bengal tiger and while the gene is quite common, it’s incredibly rare to get a white tiger through natural mating – they are normally specifically bred.