Tiger kills parrot after it flies into enclosure at Lincoln Zoo

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 29: First-time mother Kartika is seen as her three Sumatran Tiger cubs are placed on display at Taronga Zoo on March 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The three Sumatran Tiger cubs were born in January 2019. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

 Officials with the Lincoln Children’s Zoo say one of the attraction’s new tigers has killed its nearly-new parrot.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the incident happened Tuesday when a green-winged macaw, which the zoo acquired in November, flew into the zoo’s tiger habitat, which opened to the public last week.

Zoo officials say the bird was being trained as part of a planned public presentation to fly from the zoo’s Secret Jungle to its outdoor theater when it detoured into the Sumatran tiger habitat.

Zoo spokesman Ryan Gross says a tiger “knocked it down.” The bird later died at the zoo’s veterinary clinic.

Gross says the zoo has suspended flight rehearsals. The zoo and the tiger exhibit remained open to the public Tuesday.

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