Second Sumatran tiger dies at Akron Zoo due to illness

Second Sumatran tiger dies at Akron Zoo due to illness
18-year-old male euthanized after appearing to have blood-based cancer

Published on Friday, Dec 05, 2008

A second of the Akron Zoo’s Sumatran tigers died Wednesday, less than a month after a female tiger was euthanized because of chronic renal disease.

Binjai, one of the oldest Sumatran tigers in the United States, was euthanized after lab results indicated the potential of a blood-based cancer, zoo officials said today.

The 18-year-old tiger was born March 26, 1990, at the Phoenix Zoo and came to Akron on Jan. 12, 2004, from the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla.

Binjai was taken to the zoo’s animal hospital Saturday after staff members noticed a change in his appetite and behavior. Despite intensive treatments over the past few days, the tiger’s condition continued to deteriorate, zoo officials said.

After further testing, zoo officials said they believed it was in the tiger’s best interest to euthanize him.

Aneh, the zoo’s only female tiger, died Nov. 13 at age 17. She and Binjai were two of the oldest animals at the zoo and two of the oldest tigers in U.S. zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The zoo’s only remaining Sumatran tiger, a male named Roho, will remain on exhibit. There are 69 Sumatran tigers remaining in AZA-accredited zoos in the United States.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five remaining species of tigers. They are endangered, with only about 400 to 500 believed to live in the wild. They are found exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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