Endangered Tiger Found Dead In Tamao Zoo.
An endangered male Indochinese tiger, rescued as a cub from a poacher in 1998, was found dead in Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary in Takeo province on Wednesday.
Sanctuary director Nhek Ratanapich yesterday said the 21-year-old tiger named Jasper was found dead in an enclosure where it was undergoing treatment for pus in the nose and mouth and also a protruding nose bone.
“Jasper was weak and had not been eating properly for several days,” he said. “It used to eat up to six kilograms of meat and a kilogram of bone daily.”
Mr Ratanapich said that Jasper had been under treatment for three days after a veterinarian suspected that it may have been suffering from bone cancer in the mouth, coupled with old age.
21 years ago a cub was rescued from a poacher and brought to a zoo in Cambodia.
During his life Jasper was cared for by the Born Free Foundation and died because of bone cancer at the age of 21.