Cincinnati Zoo Euthanizes Its Last White Tiger Due to Age-Related Illnesses

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden announced Thursday that the zoo’s last white tiger was put down due to age-related illnesses.

Popsy, 22, was the last remaining white tiger at the Zoo. The average lifespan for a tiger is 15-20 years. She was the oldest of her kind in any accredited North American Zoo, the zoo said.

“The animal health staff has been closely monitoring Popsy’s medical condition over the past several months,” Director of Animal Health, Mark Campbell said. “As a geriatric tiger she had several health issues we were managing and treating. The animal health and care staff collaboratively concluded that we were unable to continue to maintain her good quality of life.”

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SOURCE: Cincinnati Enquirer, Sarah Brookbank