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Ailing cheetah euthanized at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

Ailing cheetah euthanized at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo euthanized a male cheetah last week due to age-related ailments.

The 12-year-old cheetah was experiencing a decline in health during the past month. Keepers noticed he was less active, especially within the past week and that he also exhibited respiratory issues.

Necropsy results are pending.

“Our veterinary and keeper staff did an incredible job making sure he was comfortable until the end,” said General Curator Sam Winslow. “The bond Zoo Keepers form with their animals is very strong; it’s our job to know when an animal is suffering. Our experienced veterinary staff had to make the difficult decision of when to say goodbye.”

This cheetah was born at San Diego Wild Animal Park and came to Baton Rouge from Dickerson Park Zoo in February of 2010. Our keepers and our guests will miss this cheetah. He was an elusive cat that often hid under the brush in his exhibit. Cheetahs have a median life expectancy of 15 years.

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