September 22, 2017 08:00 PM
The Seneca Park Zoo announced that Anastasia, the Zoo’s 12-year-old female Amur tiger, has died following weeks of illness.
The zoo says Anastasia first showed signs of illness six weeks ago. Veterinary staff performed a series of medical evaluations and tests but were unable to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Staff made the decision to euthanize the tiger. An autopsy revealed that Anastasia had metastatic lymphatic cancer in her trachea and lungs.
Anastasia was born at Seneca Park Zoo in 2005. Her sister, Katya, was also born at the zoo.
“Amur tigers are by nature, solitary animals,” said Larry Sorel, Zoo Director. “Anastasia and Katya have lived separately for many years, with zoo keepers alternating which tiger had access to the main habitat twice daily. We don’t expect Katya to display any reaction to the absence of Anastasia.”
Amur tigers are native to Russia, China and northern Korea. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists Amur tigers as endangered.
There are only 540 Amur tigers remaining in their natural range.
Updated: September 22, 2017 08:00 PM
Created: September 22, 2017 09:57 AM
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