Sumatran tiger may be euthanised at zoo

2013-04-17 12:15
(Boris Roessler, AFP)

(Boris Roessler, AFP)

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Surabaya, Indonesia – An official says an emaciated 15-year-old female Sumatran tiger is in a critical condition at Indonesia's largest zoo, following the death of another rare tiger earlier this month at the problem-plagued facility.

Melani was born at the Surabaya Zoo and has been suffering from a digestive disorder for five years.

Her weight has dropped below 60kg from 75 to 110kg.

Zoo caretaker Tony Sumampouw said on Wednesday euthanasia now appears to be the best option.

Melani is one of 10 Sumatran tigers, the world's most critically endangered tiger subspecies, at the zoo in Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java.

A 13-year-old male tiger died two weeks ago.

Last year, a giraffe died there with a beach ball-sized wad of plastic in its belly.

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