Aldergrove zoo puts down Eurasian lynx

The Greater Vancouver Zoo has euthanized an elderly lynx that was given up as someone’s pet.

Papa, the Eurasian lynx, was put down April 3 after a few months of illness.

“The decision to euthanize was based on Papa’s difficulty breathing and inability to swallow,” according to manager Jody Henderson. “Biopsy results of a mass in the nasal cavity confirmed adenocarcinoma [cancer].”

Staff first noticed discharged from Papa’s nose in early February.

He was treated with several different antibiotics, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatorys with no positive results.

“We felt his quality of life was not acceptable any more,” she said.

Papa was approximately 19 years old and the median life expectancy for Eurasian lynx is 15 years.

“It is always extremely difficult losing a member of our zoo family. Papa will be missed dearly by those who cared for him and those who connected with him through their visits to the zoo,” she said.

The zoo has rescued numerous exotic animals over the years including Papa, who was rescued from a private owner back in 2000 in poor condition.

After months of continual care Papa was nursed back to a health.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo does not encourage individuals to keep exotic animals such as a lynx for a pet. Lynx are typically skittish, very private and solitary animals, in addition to having specialized needs which the average person is not familiar with.

Eurasian lynx are listed as “least concern” conservation status by the IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) Red List. They are currently found in 46 countries in Europe, northern Asia and the Middle East.

Illegal skin trade remains the leading threat to the species, together with habitat loss and prey base depletion, according to the U.S. government.

In December the zoo decided it had to euthanize Sweetie, an 18-year-old tiger which was ill. It too was had lived longer than its cousins in the wild.

Just Posted

Langley Lotto Max winner didn’t believe ticket scanner winning message

A local man plans to take an exotic vacation after winning $500,000.

Langley woman’s graduation marks expansion of PTSD service dog program

Delta-based B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs Society and Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs merging to service to more veterans

For a 20th year, golfers memorialize Surrey business owner killed by cancer

Annual tourney pays tribute to Howie Blessin, who wasn’t an avid golfer but employed people who are

National PTSD awareness ride rolling into Langley

The Rolling Barrage 2018 ride will arrive next Tuesday and overnight in Langley.

Spartans squeak out pre-season soccer victory in Oregon

Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team plays in Washington today, then at home on Saturday night.

VIDEO: Langley Rotary clubs team up to tempt tastebuds at Ribfest

The aroma of barbecue greets the public as they arrive at McLeod Athletic Park.

VIDEO: World of Magic coming to Vancouver

Seven magic shows will appear at the Vancouver Playhouse from September 7 to 9

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Most Read