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Tiger at Dickerson Park Zoo Dies

Petra, an 18 1/2 –year-old Malayan tiger who came to Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo from the San Diego Zoo in 2004, was humanely euthanized Tuesday due to declining health from age-related issues, according to zoo officials. They noticed her slowing down and sleeping more, and in the past week "there was a significant change in her quality of life," a zoo news release states. During a physical exam Tuesday, a zoo vet discovered that Petra was suffering from renal disease and vertebral...

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Petra, an 18 1/2 –year-old Malayan tiger who came to Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo from the San Diego Zoo in 2004, was humanely euthanized Tuesday due to declining health from age-related issues, according to zoo officials.  They noticed her slowing down and sleeping more, and in the past week "there was a significant change in her quality of life," a zoo news release states.

During a physical exam Tuesday, a zoo vet discovered that Petra was suffering from renal disease and vertebral spinal issues.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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