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Canada Amur tiger put down due to ovarian cancer and health complications at Calgary Zoo

00:55  20 november  2019
00:55  20 november  2019 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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A tiger at the Calgary Zoo was euthanized after suffering from ovarian cancer and related health complications, according to zoo officials.

Alarms were raised when the zoo’s animal care team noticed a change in Katja the tiger’s behaviour over the last several days. The 19-year-old Amur tiger’s activity level and appetite dropped and when she was examined under anesthesia Monday evening, the care team knew her poor health would severely impact her quality of life, according to a release from the Calgary Zoo.

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Kita, one of the Calgary Zoo 's Siberian tigers , is suffering from a serious chest infection, officials said Thursday. Earlier this week, keepers noticed that Kita Veterinarians at the zoo 's animal health centre extracted more than a litre of fluid from the tiger 's chest cavity, raising concerns that she had cancer

“The difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize Katja,” the Zoo’s statement read.

It was determined Katja had been living with ovarian cancer and related health issues when a necropsy was performed Tuesday. The loss of an Amur tiger is significant because the species is critically endangered in the wild.

Katja was a mother of three tigers, living in the Calgary Zoo since she was born on April 20, 2000. Her three babies were entered into the Species Survival Program and helped in introducing a “precious gene diversity” into the wild.

“The zookeepers and veterinary team that were privileged to care for Katja are devastated by the loss of this playful tiger who was always keen to interact with her human caregivers and participate in her daily training sessions,” said the Calgary Zoo.

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