Perth Zoo is mourning after losing one of their tigers to aggressive cancer. Setia was a 16-year old Sumatran Tigress who was born in Perth zoo on the 14th September 2000 has been with the zoo all her life and has raised four cubs in her lifetime. One of her cubs, Jaya, remains at Perth Zoo and another of her offspring, Melati, recently gave birth to cubs at London Zoo.
Perth Zoo has released a statement:
“Setia underwent a health check under general anaesthetic at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital and during the examination, lumps were discovered in her abdomen, which proved to be aggressive cancer. There were no viable treatment options and Perth Zoo’s experienced vets made the sad but humane decision to euthanise her.
It is not uncommon for older animals to develop cancer and other age-related health problems. Setia’s contribution to the global breeding program for the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger was significant, and she was a wonderful ambassador for her species. There is believed to be only around 400 Sumatran Tigers remaining in the wild today.”