ZooMontana Mourning Amur Tiger Prince

- Prince, ZooMontana’s Amur Tiger, passed away  Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.  Prince came to ZooMontana in February 2004 and was later donated to the Zoo by the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska.  Necropsy results showed the aggressive cancer had spread to his lungs.  Zookeepers first noticed a limp on the 460 pound tiger 2 weeks ago.  After medicines proved ineffective, x-rays were taken to show cancer in the bone. Upon recovery from anesthesia, the cancer within the lungs made it difficult for Prince to breathe, leading to his death. Upon seeing the necropsy results, veterinarians marveled at the rapid spread of the cancer.

“This is a sad day for all of us at ZooMontana”, said Jeff Ewelt, Executive Director.  “This is an animal that was loved by the staff and guests that interacted with him, he will certainly be missed.”  Prince was 18 years old, about four years older than the average wild Amur Tiger.  Animal Curator Travis Goebel remembers Prince’s laid back demeanor. “Prince was easy going.  He had a routine, was always calm and enjoyed the outdoors.  He’ll be fondly remembered.”

Amur, or Siberian, Tigers are the world’s largest cats, with a top weight of over 600 pounds.  They are found in the northern forests of Russia, China and North Korea.  It is estimated that 400-500 Amur Tigers remain in the wild today. ZooMontana has plans to bring in another Tiger for exhibit, however it is unknown at this time when this will occur.

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