A Sumatran tiger, which is considered endangered, has been killed by another tiger shortly after being introduced to it at London Zoo.

Male tiger Asim was brought to the zoo 10 days ago from a safari park in Denmark, in the hope he would be the “perfect mate” for another tiger called Melati.

After spending time apart in the enclosure to get used to the new surroundings, the two were then introduced to each other.

But tensions “quickly escalated”, things became “more aggressive” and Melati died in a fight, the zoo said.

A statement issued by the zoo said Asim was immediately moved to a separate paddock but despite the best efforts of the vets, 10-year-old Melati died.