In addition, they explained that in Asim's early days at the zoo with Melati, they noticed "lots of "chuffing" which is a happy sound they make to let each other know they have good intentions" and added, "It's fantastic to see that they're interested in each other already".
Melati, described as the "rarest and smallest subspecies of tigers", was introduced to Asim, a potential new mate. He was matched with Melati through a Europe-wide breeding programme that aims to save the species from extinction and keepers in London had high hopes the plan would work.
They said the male tiger, Asim, arrived at the zoo 10 days before as part of a breeding program and was placed in a separate enclosure next to the female, Melati.
The two tigers were initially kept in separate, adjoining enclosures, where keepers allowed the two animals to "smell and react to each other".
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"Their introduction began as predicted, but quickly escalated into a more aggressive interaction", ZSL said in a statement.
Heralding his arrival, the zoo described him as "a handsome, confident cat who is known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life", adding that "we're hoping he'll be the flawless mate for our lovely Melati".
But a supposed to be a happy love story for tigers went horribly wrong when an endangered Sumatran female tiger was killed in London zoo by another tiger.
The zoo's previous male, Jae Jae fathered seven cubs with Melati, but he was moved to a French zoo last month.
Speaking about Asim's condition, Mr Fitzpatrick said the tiger had been through a "traumatic event" and suffered minor injuries, which were being "monitored".
According to London Zoo, the Sumatran tiger faces threats of poaching and habitat loss. In the 1970s, there were estimated to be 1,000 Sumatran tigers in the wild, while today's figures say there are just 300.