Australia’s oldest captive Sumatran tiger died at the Adelaide Zoo at the age of 22. The veterinarians decided to euthanise (put an animal to death humanely) as the Sumatran tigress was going through age-related ailments.
The lifespan of a Sumatran tiger is about 15 to 20 years in the wild. If in captivity, the tiger can live up to 25 years.
The 22-year-old Kemiri was was born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo before she was transferred to Adelaide.
According to Xinhua news agency report, a senior veterinarian at the Adelaide Zoo Ian Smith, said she lived a long and happy life before kidney troubles and arthritis took a toll, forcing vets to undertake the procedure late on Wednesday evening.
“For a number of months, Kemiri had been suffering from a number of age-related conditions which the veterinary team had been treating but over the past week her condition deteriorated,” Smith said in a statement on Thursday.
“The veterinary team decided that further medical treatment would not improve Kemiri’s quality of life. The difficult decision was made to humanely euthanise her, and although this is a sad loss for Adelaide Zoo, it was the best thing to do for Kemiri.”
Smith said Kemiri lived a life almost twice as long as what’s expected for Sumatran tigers in the wild.
“The average life expectancy for Sumatran tigers in the wild is about 12 years – and in captivity about 20 years – so to reach 22 is really positive,” he added.
This Sumatran tiger at the age of 22, ends its run.
The Sumatran tiger was once considered as a rare tiger subspecies that inhabited the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The tiger has been listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List in 2008.
(With inputs from IANS)