Pittsburgh Zoo's oldest tiger dies from hernia complications

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Pittsburgh Zoo's oldest tiger dies from hernia complications

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In this Sept. 13, 2010, photo, Taiga, then an 11-year-old male Amur tiger, stands inside of his cage on at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Officials say the oldest male tiger has died at the Pittsburgh Zoo a day after a baby elephant born prematurely was euthanized. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium says Taiga died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, of complications from a diaphragmatic hernia. (Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

The Pittsburgh Zoo lost another animal -- its second in the past week.

Taiga, the zoo’s oldest male tiger, died Thursday afternoon due to “complications from a diaphragmatic hernia,” the Pittsburgh Zoo said in a release.

The zoo said Taiga had been “immobilized” Thursday morning for a declaw clip and had recovered from that routine procedure, but he suddenly passed away after.

Necropsy results showed Taiga had a hernia within his stomach and intestines in the chest cavity, which impeded his breathing, the release said.

The zoo said Taiga’s hernia had been present “for some time.” X-rays taken eight months ago showed no abnormalities in his chest. 

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