Hattiesburg Zoo announces death of Sumatran tiger

Hattiesburg Zoo announces death of Sumatran tiger
Cinta fell ill last week and died on Sunday. Source: Hattiesburg Zoo
Source: Hattiesburg Zoo
Source: Hattiesburg Zoo

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One of the Hattiesburg Zoo's beloved tigers has died.

According to The Hattiesburg Zoo, Sumatran tiger, Cinta, fell ill last week and passed away Sunday.

"We are devastated and heartbroken from the loss of one of our family," said Stephen Taylor in a press release, the animal care manager of Hattiesburg Zoo. "Our team is diligent in providing the best quality for all of our animals and are highly trained to do so. Deaths are a part of the cycle of life, and times of loss like this are never easy. Our team of animal keepers have developed a deep bond with these tigers, and we know the community has too."

According to a Hattiesburg Zoo press release, "Cinta experienced a sudden onset of not eating or drinking and became severely dehydrated."

The tiger was under the care of the Hattiesburg Zoo's team of animal care managers.

"Cinta has been under close supervision for the last few days after becoming lethargic and showing an uncommon loss of appetite," staff veterinarian Dr. Don Palermo. "He was severely dehydrated and required fluids intravenously. With the help of two other veterinarians on site, we administered fluids, took digital x-rays and drew blood for analysis while under anesthesia. Despite our best efforts, Cinta's heart stopped beating, and we were unable to revive him with medications or resuscitate him with CPR."

Cinta and his twin brother, Kuasa, were born in August of 2011.  The tigers were on permanent loan from the Los Angeles Zoo since January 2014.   The west coast zoo has sent their condolences to Hattiesburg.

Taylor said Kuasa has not shown any signs of illness.  He will stay in his habitat alone.  Officials said the only reason how the two males were able to share a habitat at the Hattiesburg Zoo was because they were twins.

The tiger has been sent to the Diagnostic Laboratory at Mississippi State's College of Veterinary Science in Jackson for a necropsy.  Pathological results are expected to be provided in the next few weeks.  More details will be released once the results become available.