White tiger chokes on boneless meat at zoo in North Carolina

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A nonprofit zoo in North Carolina says its 10-year-old white tiger choked to death on boneless meat.

The Conservators Center near Burlington said in a Facebook post last week that the tiger named Arthur began choking when staff was feeding it boneless pieces of meat during a training session.

The center said Arthur lost consciousness and that the staff “attempted everything possible” to revive him.

Arthur was 3 months old when he arrived at the center in 2008. The center is home to nearly 80 animals.

In December, 22-year-old Conservators Center intern Alexandra Black was fatally attacked by a lion. That animal, named Matthai, was killed.

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