Sometimes the stories you read are just sad. We can’t avoid bad news even though we want to do just that. I found this as I was scrolling on Facebook over the weekend. This news came from the Amarillo Zoo’s Facebook page:
The Amarillo Zoo is heartbroken to announce that Sabrina, our 16 year old Bengal tiger, was humanely euthanized yesterday afternoon. The average lifespan for Bengal tigers is 8 to 10 years. Sabrina has been at the zoo since 2011 and was admired by staff and visitors alike.
Her left eye was removed in 2018 after being diagnosed with glaucoma. In November 2020, a mass was removed and determined to be aggressive carcinoma. Another mass was discovered earlier this week. During surgery on Friday, more masses were found. After conferring with our consulting zoo veterinarian, the difficult decision was made to euthanize.
Sabrina would have turned 17 on January 31st. Sabrina’s keepers will remember her playfulness, love for swimming, and being interactive with guests. Please keep the Amarillo Zoo team in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
If you have any memories or pictures you would like to share of Sabrina, we would love to see them in the comments.
credit: Amarillo Zoo Facebook
credit: Amarillo Zoo Facebook
I know that this is not a great ending to the life of this tiger but it was the most humane to do. They made sure she was not suffering which is all we can hope for. She brought a lot of joy to all the visitors of the Amarillo Zoo. So I will be keeping an eye on their page to see all the great photos that will be posted by visitors

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