As reported by WOWT
AHA, Neb. (Press Release) -- Mai, the well-known three-legged tiger at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, has passed away.Mai, a 20-year-old, female Malayan tiger, who had been under veterinary care for renal disease over the last year, was humanely euthanized Wednesday morning due to declining health. Animal Care Staff complete a quality of life assessment before deciding to euthanize an animal.
Mai came to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in 2003. She was missing one of her front legs due to an amputation before she arrived at the Zoo and was a favorite among visitors.“During her time at the Zoo, despite only having three legs, she successfully raised three litters of cubs, making a great contribution to this endangered population,” said Dr. Julie Napier, the Zoo’s senior veterinarian.Mai had a total of eight cubs from three liters in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Malayan tigers can live in human care up to 20 years.
Mai had been fed a special diet to help reduce the effects of renal disease but Napier said Mai's condition was deteriorating.“In addition to dealing with advancing renal disease, this cat recently started to exhibit signs of dementia, indicating that her condition was starting to deteriorate,” said Dr. Napier.A necropsy was performed and tissues will be sent out for histopathology to obtain a definitive diagnosis.Malayan tigers are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat destruction and poaching.
There are an estimated 250-340 Malayan tigers left in the wild.In celebration of Mai, the public can symbolically adopt a Malayan tiger on the Omaha Zoo Foundation’s website. The proceeds from this month’s adoptions will go directly to the Zoo’s tiger conservation and research efforts.