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Young Siberian Tiger dies unexpectedly at zoo near Vancouver

By Marcus Hondro     May 1, 2014 in Environment
A Siberian tiger held in captivity at a zoo in Langley, near Vancouver, Canada, died Wednesday. Hani was just short of her third birthday and zoo officials do not know why she died. The zoo's manager said the death leaves the zoo "devastated."
"She appeared healthy, although it was noticed by her keepers that she had been abnormally off her food for a day, lethargic, and her behaviour was off," Greater Vancouver Zoo manager Jody Henderson told media. "All staff and volunteers at the zoo are devastated by Hani's sudden passing."
Hani is survived by her sister, Hana. The two were born at the sister zoo of The Greater Vancouver Zoo, the Seoul Zoo, in Seoul, South Korea, on May 22, 2011. The two arrived in Vancouver on June 4 of 2012.
The largest cat on earth, Siberian tigers are endangered and there are believed to be only about 400 to 500 living in the wild. Eastern Russia is the home to most of the tigers in the wild, but North Korea and China also have wild Siberian tigers.
The death is all the more shocking considering that the average age Siberian tigers live until is 14. "We are hopeful that the full necropsy that will be performed later today will provide some answers," Henderson said.
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