Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old


The nation’s oldest captive tiger has died of natural causes at an animal park at the age of 22, or equivalent to more than 90 human years, a park official said.

The female tiger, who was called “Meru,” was born in May 1992 at the Akiyoshidai Safari Land in Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Meru was known for her easy-going nature, park officials said Sunday.

The tiger died Friday after losing her appetite late Thursday afternoon.

“She was a very beautiful tiger and I thought she would live much longer. Now, I want to tell her that she did a good job and that I thank her,” Yusuke Ikebe, head of the park, said.

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