Malayan Tigress Dies at Zoo Miami


Malayan Tigress Dies at Zoo Miami

(January 7, 2013) It is with great sadness that Zoo Miami reports that “Tevy,” a highly endangered female Malayan tiger was found dead this morning in her night house at Zoo Miami. The nearly 13 year old tigress had begun exhibiting general lethargy and a decline in appetite nearly a month ago but then seemed to recover only to once again demonstrate the same symptoms last week.  After attempting several treatments without any sign of improvement, the decision was made to immobilize her yesterday so that veterinarians could do a more in depth examination.

During the exam, Tevy appeared to be jaundiced and was accordingly scheduled for treatment that the staff hoped would lead to a recovery. Unfortunately, she was unable to overcome the severity of her condition. A full necropsy on the body was performed this afternoon and the preliminary diagnosis is that Tevy was indeed suffering from advanced liver failure. We will await the results of several tests that will hopefully lead to a more conclusive diagnosis.

Tevi was born on February 28, 2000 at the Cincinnati Zoo and arrived at Zoo Miami from the Knoxville Zoo on November 17, 2010. This is an especially difficult loss for the zoo as Tevi was part of a very carefully planned breeding program for these highly endangered cats and had been successfully introduced to “Hati,” our resident male Malayan tiger in hopes of producing offspring.  Once we have established a conclusive cause of death, zoo curators will work towards finding another suitable mate for Hati with the ultimate goal of contributing to this very important captive breeding program.

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