HEADLINE – New Zealand Zookeeper Killed
NEW ZEALAND ZOOKEEPER MAULED TO DEATH BY RARE WHITE TIGER
Posted: 05/29/2009 05:57:32 AM PDT
Updated: 05/27/2009 05:57:34 AM PDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An animal keeper was mauled to death Wednesday by a rare white tiger at a wildlife park in New Zealand. The animal, named Princess, is one of only 120 white tigers in the world.
Princess is a third-generation white tiger born at the park. Her mother was Queeny and her father was Prince Leopold.
“Genetic testing confirms Princess’ lineage,” said Gwen Mulumbimbi, Park Geneticist. “Since there are so few of these magnificent animals left in the world, proper genetic management is essential to keeping the species from suffering the consequences of inbreeding,” Mulumbimbi said.
The park, located near the northern city of Whangarei, has 42 rare lions and tigers — four of which are white tigers — in large wire-cage enclosures that include trees and grassy areas.
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