At the time David Gill managed the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, England. In 2010 a female Sumatran tiger cub, Kadi, was one of the zoo’s star attractions. Her birth in that year was a triumph for David Gill. This is the man, incidentally, who has allegedly totally messed up the management of his zoo after it was discovered that nearly 500 animals have died under various inappropriate and unpleasant circumstances. It is doubtful that his licence to run the zoo will be renewed and he has handed over the zoo to Cumbria Zoo Co Ltd under a six month lease.
Back to 2010. A picture was shown of him cuddling this sweet Sumatran tiger cub (see above) who he had bottle-fed personally because she had been rejected at birth by her parents. The photograph of him cuddling the cub was featured on the cover of his autobiography, Nine Lives.
David Gill decided to reintroduce the Kadi to her parents. Experts had advised him not to do this. He proceeded against their advice and took the risk. The reason? He needed cub’s cage for another animal.
After he had reintroduced the cub to her parents in 2012 updates about the cub ceased. People who had kept track of the updates were perplexed.
A zoo keeper, Sarah McClay, who was subsequently killed by a tiger at the zoo in 2013, had disclosed to her boyfriend, David Shaw, one evening, that Kadi had been eaten by her parents.
David Gill appears to have covered up the tragedy by keeping quiet about it. Recently, he was approached by The Sunday Times for a comment. He told them to piss off but when pressed and when he had calmed down he admitted that the tiger cub had been killed by her father. He denied misleading the public when he had told them that the cub had been transferred out of the zoo.
David Gill blames others for the tragedy. He said that he had delegated work and that he cannot keep track of every task that he delegates. His unsuited to keeping animals.