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Beloved penguin and tiger die at Saint Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS — The Saint Louis Zoo is mourning the loss of a penguin and tiger who each handed absent past 7 days.

Enrique, a southern rockhopper penguin who turned well known for wearing therapeutic boots, was euthanized on Dec. 3 at the age of 30 thanks to a new drop in health.

As he aged, the zoo reported Enrique began demonstrating indicators of sophisticated arthritis. A particular pair of therapeutic boots aided ease some pain. A short while ago, his problem worsened, and the suffering could not be managed via veterinary intervention.

Marija Elsen, the zoological supervisor of birds at the Saint Louis Zoo, said Enrique’s “easy-going demeanor will be deeply missed” by the general public and his keepers.

“Enrique was a affected person and gentle bird that experienced just the perfect combine of spunk and independence,” stated Elsen. “He constantly experienced one particular of the most attractive nests that he tended to with excellent care.”

Zoo staffers are also grappling with the loss of life of Waldemere, an Amur tiger who passed away on Dec. 5. Like Enrique, Waldemere suffered from age-related health and fitness challenges, which includes joint disorder. The tiger also recovered from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Right after his recovery, Waldemere seasoned a reduction in urge for food and turned lethargic. A team of veterinarians addressed him, but the tiger continued to lose strength and handed absent at the age of 18.

A necropsy afterwards exposed malignant most cancers cells that appeared to have afflicted quite a few of his interior organs. 

“Waldo was a significant, handsome male who tended to be much more socially unbiased than other tigers,” explained Steve Bircher, curator of carnivores at the Saint Louis Zoo. 

Waldemere was born at the Denver Zoo and moved to the Saint Louis Zoo when he was 8 several years old. He was the oldest dwelling male tiger in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Strategy.

 “He was actually an ambassador to his species and will be missed by his keepers and the community,” reported Bircher.

The lifetime expectancy for a male southern rockhopper penguin is 25 decades and 16 several years for a male Amur tiger.