Potter Park zoo in Michigan (USA) is mourning the loss of its 16-year-old Amur Tiger.
Tiger Sivaki was humanely euthanized at the Lansing zoo. It happened last Wednesday following a decline in his health. This was due to age-related spinal disease. Actually it might also be that this a not uncommon with zoo tigers after a long life in a secluded environment.
“After the animal care staff noticed he was not hesistant to move, the veterinary staff diagnosed the spinal disease as the main cause of his discomfort,” said Dr. Ronan Eustace. Eustace is the Potter Park zoo’s director of the health of animals. “Treatment to address his spinal disease was initiated. However, his condition worsened quickly. It determined euthanasia was the humane decision.”
Sivaki, born at Potter Park zoo, fathered three cubs. He inspired many zoo visitors through the years, zoo staff declared. Amur tigers are critically endangered with an estimated 400 to 500 in the wild. The median life expectancy for males of this species is 16.3 years. Though it is unclear if this is based on life of tigers in the wild or in captivity.
Besides the many other employees at Potter Park, zookeeper Annie Marcum had a special connection with tiger Sivaki. She worked with him for more than 15 years.
“It’s been my pleasure and privilege to work with Sivaki. He was five months old when I started as an intern. He inspired me,” she said.
#TigerNews: Read the full article on M Live, published on April 1, 2021.