Bengal tiger at Amarillo Zoo dies

September 1, 2009 8:35:49 AM PDT
Amarillo Zoo officials say a 19-year-old Bengal tiger that was struggling with seizures has been euthanized. The 225-pound tiger named Holly was put down over the weekend after it was determined her condition would not improve, curator Rhonda Votino said in Tuesday's Amarillo Globe-News.

The large cat had been a big favorite among zoo visitors.

Votino says Holly had been treated for arthritis for months. The seizures began about a week ago and medication did not help.

Votino says tigers in the wild live 10-15 years and have a lifespan of 15-20 years in captivity.

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