Bengal Tiger Dies
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.