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Rare Tiger at Longleat dies after fight

A rare Amur Tiger at Longleat has died, following a fight with two other tigers at the safari park

Shouri - a 13 year-old female who'd been at the park since 2006 - gained access to another paddock where two other tigers, Red and Yana, were waiting to be let into the main enclosure.

As the tigers were being moved between various outdoor paddocks, a door that connected the two areas was opened, meaning Shouri was able to gain access to the same outdoor area as Red and Yana.

As a result of this, a fight broke out between the three of them .

The Safari Park was not open to the public at the time of the incident and both Red and Yana were not injured.

Longleat have said that a full investigation is ongoing to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the event.

The park said that everyone had become very attached to Shouri over the years, and that her loss is very hard to take, and she will be missed by all the staff as well as visitors

Her breed of Amur tigers are classed as endangered in the wild, with as little as 500 left in their natural habitats.

In the past numbers are thought to have decreased to as little as 20 to 30 individuals due to threats such as habitat loss and human impact. However, through conservation efforts this number has thankfully increased.

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