Date: May 2nd, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRELIMINARY NECROPSY RESULTS FROM THE PASSING OF HANI THE SIBERIAN TIGER
Aldergrove – The Greater Vancouver Zoo has received some preliminary results from the pathologist who has performed the necropsy on Hani, the Siberian Tiger. Hani was found deceased by her keeper first thing in the morning on April 30th.
“Hani exhibited changes in the chest compatible with pleuritis, which is an inflammatory process involving the lining of the chest cavity and lungs. This was associated with circulatory changes in the lung and partial collapse of the lung. Pleuritis is a fairly common problem in domestic cats and is usually a sporadic, non contagious disease affecting one animal in a group. Further tests are being conducted in an effort to determine the cause of the pleuritis. Further tests are also being conducted to determine whether there might have been any heart involvement,” explains Dr. Ann Britton, Veterinary Pathologist.
We would like everyone to know that the necropsy is not yet complete and is ongoing. A final report is expected by the end of next week which we hope will provide some additional details. It has been a very difficult week for everyone both at the zoo and our supporters, and we would like to thank everyone for their kind words of condolences and support. Hani was a wonderful ambassador to her species, and her quiet demeanour and gentle ways will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.
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