- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque zoo officials say the facility’s only tiger was suffering from liver cancer before being euthanized.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1YhNniu) that a necropsy conducted by the ABQ BioPark zoo found that Scout, a Bengal tiger, had a large liver tumor and advanced liver cancer.

The 18-year-old tiger was euthanized Wednesday after showing a loss of appetite and weight over the last few months.

Officials say Scout weighed 325 pounds in his prime but had dropped to 220 pounds.

Zoo curator Tammy Schmidt says the tiger was a “wonderful ambassador.”

Scout came to the zoo as a 6-month-old cub from a zoo in North Dakota in 1998.

The animal’s death leaves the zoo without any tigers.

Zoo officials are in the process of trying to get new tigers.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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