Sad news today from The Lake Superior Zoo.


The Lake Superior Zoo’s female tiger, Natasha, was euthanized today. She was 19.

The zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Louise Beyea, said Natasha was suffering from multiple chronic problems and had taken a turn for the worse over the last 24 hours.

“Her kidney values were elevated, she had become incontinent and she developed an infection that would have been difficult to treat due to the severe side-effects of the drug needed,” Beyea said in a news release.

Natasha’s body will be necropsied at the University of Minnesota. She was born June 30, 1992, at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and has been a resident of the Lake Superior Zoo for 18 years

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