Young tiger dies at Vancouver Zoo
Three-year-old tiger Hani was found dead at the Greater Vancouver Zoo Wednesday. (COURTESY OF THE GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO)
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is looking for answers after the death of a three-year-old Siberian tiger Wednesday.
According to the Zoo, Hani — a tiger born in Seoul, Korea in 2011 — was found dead in the morning by trainers.
The zoo said the tiger was healthy, but trainers had noticed Hani to be uncharacteristically off its food and lethargic the day prior to its death.
“All staff and volunteers at the zoo are devastated by Hani’s sudden passing,” said the zoo in a statement. “We are hopeful that the full necropsy that will be performed later today will provide some answers.”
Hani and sister Hana were brought to the zoo in June 2012.
According to the Greater Vancouver Zoo, the average age of a tiger in captivity is about 14 years.
Such tigers are an endangered species, with only about 400 to 500 living in the wild, mostly in eastern Russia.