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Goodbye to a beautiful tiger

Date: December 31, 2013 



Aldergrove – It has been a tough day to end 2013 at the Greater Vancouver Zoo to say the least. The extremely difficult decision to humanely euthanize our eldest tiger, Sweetie, today at approximately 1 pm as a result of continued concern regarding her loss of appetite, respiratory distress and being lethargic.

Over the past month and a half Sweetie has been under constant veterinary care.  We have tried medication and stimulating her appetite, but her condition continued to decline. So the decision was made to sedate and do further testing, which resulted in our decision to euthanize. A full necropsy will be performed later today.

Sweetie, a Siberian Tiger, was born at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and was 18 years of age.

The median life expectancy of female Siberian Tigers is 14 years in captivity. In the wild there are estimated to be as few as 400 – 500 Siberian Tigers living primarily in eastern Russia, although some exist in China and North Korea.  Tigers are listed as “endangered” conservation status by the IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) Red List. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family.

Sweetie was a very special part of our zoo family and will be dearly missed by all…rest in peace.

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Jody Henderson 

General Manager 

Phone:  604.856.6825 x 27 


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