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Singapore Zoo's Winnie the white tiger dies at age 14

AsiaOne | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Winnie (left) seen here with her brother Omar.

SINGAPORE - One of the white tigers at the Singapore Zoo has been euthanised after suffering from a tumour in her jaw, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said on Tuesday.

In a statement, WRS said that Winnie the white tiger was put down on August 12 at age 14.

While zoo keepers and the zoo veterinary team provided supportive care to her for the past few months to maintain her quality of life, it was recently found that her condition had worsened.

"Recent reassessment has seen worsening of the tumour and the decision was made to euthanase her to prevent deterioration of her quality of life," WRS said.

She was born in captivity in Taman Safari, Indonesia and lived to 14 years, 10 months and 16 days.

In the wild, tigers have an average lifespan of between 10 to 15 years while those in captivity live 16-20 years on average.

Winnie arrived at the Singapore Zoo on April 6, 2001 when she was just 19 months old.

Her brother Omar is now the only white tiger remaining at the zoo.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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