UPDATED: Young tiger dies at Aldergrove zoo


The young tiger that died at the Greater Vancouver Zoo at the end of April was suffering from pleuritis, according to early results from a necropsy.

A pathologist is performing tests on Hani, the Siberian tiger found dead by her keeper on the morning of April 30.

The necropsy, to determine the cause of death,  has found changes in Hani’s chest that suggest pleuritis, an inflammatory process that affects the lining of the lungs and chest cavity.

Hani had suffered a partial collapse of one lung and circulatory changes in the the lungs.

“Further tests are being conducted in an effort to determine the cause of the pleuritis,” said Dr. Ann Britton, the veterinary pathologist. “Further tests are also being conducted to determine whether there might have been any heart involvement.”

Britton said pleuritis is a fairly common problem in domestic cats, and is usually non-contagious.

The necropsy is ongoing and a final report is expected by the end of the week.

Zoo manager Jodi Henderson said this has been a difficult week for the zoo’s staff and volunteers.

Hani had appeared healthy, aside from being off her food and lethargic the day before her death, said Henderson.

Hani was born at its sister zoo, Seoul Zoo Korea, on May 22, 2011. Hani arrived at the Greater Vancouver Zoo with her sister, Hana, on June 4, 2012. Hani was the smaller of the two tigers and had a quiet demeanor when compared to her sister.

The median life expectancy of female Siberian tigers is 14 years in captivity. In the wild there are as few as 400-500 Siberian tigers living primarily in eastern Russia, though some exist in China and North Korea.

Tigers are listed as “endangered” conservation status by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Stars offer four tickets to tonight’s Langley concert to $500 donors

From country music celebrities to NHL alumni, many famous faces hit the links at Redwoods today.

Langley animals feeling effects of smoky skies

Animal shelters are trying to keep their critters healthy through the smoggy days.

Medevac called to South Surrey business

‘Serious workplace incident’ reported to WorkSafeBC

Langley City in need of some Terry Fox Run helpers

People can help out on run day or be involved in preparations before then.

VIDEO: Mustang Roundup in Langley attracts car lovers from all over

A car show dedicated entirely to one model of Ford drew admirers and collectors to George Preston Recreation Centre.

Vehicle fire on the Coquihalla

Heavy congestion in north bound lanes

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Date rapist left victims with ‘long-lasting, emotional scars,’ judge says

Klifford Kenyon of Abbotsford sentenced to additional two years in prison

Fire in barn that housed therapy horses has been confirmed an arson

Abbotsford Police Department is now investigating and seeks witnesses

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Most Read