Australia’s oldest known Sumatran tiger named Kemiri has passed away at the Adelaide Zoo after succumbing to kidney problems and other age-related conditions.
Veterinarians decided to euthanise the tiger on Wednesday as they believed further medical treatment would not improve her quality of life. The tiger was 22 and had been treated for arthritis, kidney issues, and other age-related conditions but deteriorated over recent days.
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, reports Xinhua news agency.
“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.
Kemiri was born at Sydney`s Taronga Zoo before she was transferred to Adelaide in the mid-1990s.