Bengal Tiger Dies 2014

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 Bengal Tiger Dies


Bengal Tiger, Abq Zoo


Lucy the beautiful and kind 16 year old Bengal Tiger passed away Wednesday December 3,2014.  Lucy and her male partner Scout lived most of their lives together at the ABQ Zoo. They were only a few months old when they came to the Albuquerque Zoo.   

The ABQ staff noticed Lucy bleeding from her mammary glands and the medical team took action immediately.  Lucy was sedated by BioPark Vets and an Xray showed a large mass around her lungs.  Lucy did not recover from the anesthesia sadly the decision was made to euthanize her.

The last time Debbie and I personally saw Lucy she was totally ignoring us as we snapped pictures of her. She was playfully pawing at a ball in the water splashing Scout as he looked on at her antics.

Scout is now bewildered by the absence of his life long mate.  He has been checking their living quarters repeatedly looking to find Lucy.


Fact is Bengal Tigers are endangered in the wild and only live an average of 8-10 years.  Bengal Tigers often live 15-20 years in well maintained zoos.  Lucy lived a long and good life at the ABQ Zoo and will be greatly missed by all.  Sadly and without doubt Scout will miss her most of all.


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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John a sad loss for the zoo and for Scout. I remember that you posted about the Bengal Tigers some time back.

Dec 05, 2014 12:24 AM #22
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

John: How sad and I wonder how Scout will hold up losing his life-long mate. He is rather old too so I wonder how much longer he has.

Dec 05, 2014 02:08 AM #23
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This is truly a great loss to the animal kingdom and especially to Scout. I wonder how it will effect him without her. I hope the zoo pays special attention to his needs during his time of mourning because I'm sure he'll be going through it too.

Dec 05, 2014 02:30 AM #24
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Send my condolences to the bengal tiger, Broker John McCormack at (505) 980-4576 to Albuquerque, New Mexico with Albuquerque Homes Realty.

Dec 05, 2014 02:38 AM #25
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Aw, I'm so sad to hear this, Q-man. I'm sure Scout is going to be lost without her - hope he gets extra special love form the zoo-keepers. 

Dec 05, 2014 03:35 AM #26
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Folks, This is sad news and I am sure Ccout will never be the same without his mate. Bengal Tigers are very much endangered as you said in your post and in many cases are slaughter in the wild. Lucy was a beautiful Tiger. 

Dec 05, 2014 04:06 AM #27
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Great blog! So sad I feel sorry for Scout! I hope you are having a good start to your weekend!

Dec 05, 2014 06:48 AM #28
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

John McCormack ~ what a huge loss... I love tigers, they have a special place in my heart... May Scout rest in peace!

Dec 05, 2014 08:11 AM #29
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Such an elegant looking creature, Lucy was, John!  I'm certain your city will miss her greatly!

Dec 05, 2014 09:14 AM #30
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

How sad for the zoo and for Scout.  I hope the zoo care taker will decide to put her body in the cage so Scout knows why Lucy is no longer there with him.  He must be lonely now.

Dec 05, 2014 09:50 AM #31
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Hello John,

So sad, Lucy was a beautiful tiger and Scout will never understand where his partner went...breaks my heart.

Dec 05, 2014 10:20 AM #32
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

She was truly a beauty and brought much education on Tigers to many and I'm sure many including the McCormacks will miss her but her presence will always be close in your memories.

Dec 05, 2014 08:00 PM #33
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

What a beautiful animal to see John McCormack . Such a loss makes me realize that we are all just around for a short time and we need to experience all that is available to us.

Dec 05, 2014 09:42 PM #34
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Wow this whole story is sad with exception to them getting a longer life but you have to wonder if you could live double the life but were kept locked up what would you choose?

I personally choose freedom the whole zoo thing saddens me for the animals

Dec 06, 2014 12:21 AM #35
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

QMan, damn, you made me cry! I should have passed and gone right to the full moon blogpost! 

Dec 07, 2014 05:57 AM #36
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Zoos can be safe places for endangered animals and Lucy certainly got the care and attention she deserved and led a long life.

Dec 07, 2014 09:33 PM #37
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - that is a beautiful tiger.  I am sure she will be missed by all but most of all by Scout.

Dec 08, 2014 12:15 AM #38
Donny Carter
Carter & Roque Real Estate - Frostburg, MD
Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert

It's truly a shame that such a majestic animal was lost but it seemed like she had a long, healthy and happy life at ABQ zoo.

Dec 08, 2014 02:31 AM #39
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Sorry to hear about Lucy...  she really was a beauty!  It's a great loss to everyone... especially Scout.

Dec 09, 2014 12:20 PM #40
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi John, Sorry to hear the loss of such a beautiful animal.  A long life indeed! So hard for Scout... Did they ever have off spring to ensure the continuation of their line?


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