Last Thursday, the Greater Vancouver Zoo humanely euthanized Papa, its oldest Eurasian Lynx due to his difficult with breathing and swallowing.
Zoo veterinarians first noticed signs of illness on February 4 when a nasal discharge was noticed. He was treated with several different antibiotics, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory’s with no positive results. Zoo officials felt his quality of life was no longer acceptable, which led to the decision to euthanize.
A biopsy on the mass in his nasal cavity, performed shortly after his death, confirmed that he was suffering from adenocarcinoma – cancer.
Papa was in poor condition when he was rescued by the Zoo from a previous owner in 2000. According to Zoo officials, he was approximately 19 years old and exceeded the median life expectancy of 15 years.
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.
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.
Source/Image: Greater Vancouver Zoo