Vets find cause of tiger’s death in NZ
A post mortem examination has revealed Auckland Zoo’s tiger, Nisha died from a massive stroke.
It shows the Sumatran tiger was riddled with small – possibly cancerous – growths in her lungs and liver.
The nine-year-old had been ill for the past month, and was being monitored daily.
The zoo says blood tests and x-rays had shown nothing out of the ordinary.
This morning Nisha was found lying semi-conscious in her den and was immediately taken under veterinary care, but died at midday.
Auckland Zoo’s Director Glen Holland says staff are shattered.
He says Nisha’s death is particularly tragic, as a male partner was due to be brought to Auckland Zoo in the next few months for a breeding programme.
There are fewer than 600 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
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