The Golden Tabby Tiger of the Karachi Zoo passed away on Thursday, most likely from cardiac arrest, leaving the keepers and the fans of the celebrity big cat stunned.
Ali Hassan Sajid, a representative for Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, stated that the tiger, named Alfied, was 21 years old and passed away naturally.
The tiger, a Bengal Tiger subspecies, was discovered dead in its cage in the morning. In terms of lifespan, tigers in captivity often live 20 to 26 years.
Sources claim that the tiger had been ill for some time and was unable to move on its own, but the doctors on the zoo’s staff were doing everything they could to keep the animal healthy. According to Sajid, the tiger was transferred from Safari Park to Karachi Zoo in 2013.
Although not exactly a species in and of itself, the Golden Tabby Tiger is now ranked as the third-rarest animal on earth by Our Breathing Planet. It is almost certain that there are no wild survivors.
Technically, this animal is not a distinct species. Instead, it is the outcome of a recessive gene that was produced through the mating of a Bengal and an Amur tiger.
The early 20th century saw this happen in captivity. Here, our moral compass wonders why this species even exists. The colors of this mammal’s coat are still paler than those of other tigers, which would actually work against it in the wild because it would have less capacity to blend in.
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