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Zoo Announces Humane Euthanasia of 13-Year-Old Tiger

Tacoma, WA – A western Washington zoo has announced the passing of a nearly 13-year-old Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv. The announcement from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium came on June 3 via social media.

The zoo said that Sanjiv was euthanized over the weekend because of “a sharp decline in health.” Explaining, “Sanjiv had been experiencing pronounced discomfort secondary to spinal disease. Despite receiving a variety of pain medications, including an epidural, which provided temporary relief, and supportive care, including laser therapy and acupuncture, he continued to show signs of discomfort. In addition, he had developed a number of other health concerns, including renal disease, hypertension, and diabetes.”

Rest in peace Sanjiv. Condolences to those who knew and cared for this magnificent creature.

(Image via Point Defiance Zoo Facebook page)


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