Canadian zoo with dying tiger plans special farewell opening

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 | 6:16 PM ET
Canadian Press

MONCTON, N.B. (CP) – A small zoo in southeastern New Brunswick is planning a rare winter opening so that people can say their final goodbyes to an ailing Siberian tiger.

Tomar the tiger has been a beloved attraction at the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton for close to 20 years. Zoo officials said Thursday the old cat is suffering from kidney failure and he’s not expected to live much longer.

“It’s tough now but there will be tougher days ahead,” said Bruce Dougan, general manager of the Magnetic Hill Zoo.

“We’re monitoring him daily. We’re recording any behaviour changes daily and the veterinarian is checking him weekly. If there is any suffering, we will very quietly and very peacefully put him to sleep.”

Dougan has known Tomar since he first arrived at the zoo when he was a five-month-old cub.

Siberian tigers are rare and endangered in the wild.

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