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Tiger Euthanized At Garden City Zoo

The Lee Richardszon Zoo in Garden City

has euthanized a 20-year-old Amur tiger that had been in declining

health for several years.

The tiger, named Boris, was euthanized Wednesday. Zoo Director

Kathy Sexson says it had been suffering from arthritis and kidney

disease. The median life expectancy for tigers is 14 1/2 years.

The zoo euthanized another tiger, named Charlie, in early

September at the age of 16. That tiger had lung cancer.

The zoo says Boris was the oldest Amur tiger in the Association

of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.

Sexson said the zoo will coordinate efforts with the Tiger SSP

to eventually acquire another tiger. But for now, the zoo will use

the available den space for its lion cubs.

Amur tigers, formerly called Siberian tigers, are a critically

endangered species.

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