A "male metrosexual lion"? Lioness' killing of the father of her offspring is 'extremely rare,' experts say "There is not a case of this within recent memory where we've seen a lioness attack her mate," an expert said. by Farnoush Amiri / Oct. 22, 2018 / 1:35 PM PDT An incident at the Indianapolis Zoo when a lioness killed the father of her three offspring is extremely rare, wildlife experts said Monday. "There is not a case of this within recent memory where we've seen a lioness attack her mate," said Hollie Colahan, a lion Species Survival Plan coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit organization in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. "We've had a very small number of incidents of male-on-male or female-on-female, but for an incident to arise from a female attacking a male is very unusual," Colahan said. "What I understand from the zoo is that this was a very unusual male and an unusual female," Packer said in an interview on Monday. "The male was very weak and submissive, and the female was very dominant of the male." Zuri, a lioness at the Indianapolis Zoo, was considered the dominant member of the pair of lions, which had been together for eight years.Reuters file "It's almost as if [the male lion] was just too wimpy, like some sort of metrosexual, and he didn't live up to the macho standard of male lion behavior," he said.