Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say that Anastasia, the zoo’s 12-year old female Amur tiger, has died following weeks of illness.
The tiger, which was born at the zoo in 2005, first showed signs of illness six weeks ago. As her condition declined, the decision was made to euthanize the tiger.
Zoo Director Larry Sorel says after an animal autopsy, or necropsy, was performed, it was determined that the tiger suffered from lymphatic cancer.
He says the average life span for a tiger at a zoo is about 14 years old.