Pooh Bear has been ill for about two months. His death today was attributed to urinary tract infection, according to an e-mail announcement from Executive Director Jenny Senier.
“We are extremely sad and are going to miss him,” Senier wrote.
Pooh Bear had been showing signs of age but was placed on antibiotic regimen to rule out anything that could have been causing his weight loss.
The massive tiger had a rough start, living his early life in a concrete enclosure. But the past several years he had enjoyed the “best comforts we could provide him. Nothing compares to a natural living outside of captivity, but he has a good life with us.”
All of the exotic cats at the sanctuary, with the exception of Moses who was unexpectedly born there over a year ago, were rescued from less than desirable situations. The sanctuary will open April 5 to the public. Access is typically limited to certain hours on the weekend so as to reduce stress the animals.
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