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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces death of beloved 16-year-old tiger

Klechka died due to complications from cancer
On Thursday the Cleveland Metroparks announced the death of one of their most beloved animals: Klechka, a 16-year-old Amur Tiger.
Posted at 9:33 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 10:20:08-04

CLEVELAND — On Thursday, the Cleveland Metroparks announced the death of one of their most beloved animals: Klechka, a 16-year-old Amur Tiger.

Klechka died due to complications from cancer, the zoo said. The average lifespan for Amur Tigers is 13 years old.

He came to Cleveland in 2007 and was loved by many.

“This is a difficult loss for everyone connected with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo,” the zoo said in a Facebook statement.

Amur tigers are endangered in the wild with an estimated population today of only 500.

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