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.