This morning our veterinary team, in consultation with our specialist Carnivore keepers, made the tough but kindest call to euthanise our very elderly male cheetah Osiris.
Osiris was 12.5 years old and like his twin brother Anubis, had degenerative health issues due to his advanced age, including arthritis and loss of body condition.
In recent weeks he had noticeably slowed down and since the weekend his mobility had declined further.
“Like Anubis, Osiris has had a remarkably long run – the result of the great care and quality of life we’ve been able to give him here,” says Auckland Zoo veterinary services manager, Dr James Chatterton.
Osiris and Anubis came to Auckland Zoo in 2006 as part of an international ambassador programme to grow awareness for Africa’s most endangered cat. Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund proudly supports @Cheetah Outreach, a trust working to save cheetah from extinction in their wild habitat of South Africa.
Our Carnivore team leader Lauren, who has cared for Anubis and Osiris for nearly 11 years, says “while it’s heart-breaking to have to say goodbye to these incredible big cats, there is much to celebrate about them”. Our two young female cheetah Qia and Quartz will continue the conservation legacy of Anubis and Osiris in captivating the hearts of millions of zoo visitors.
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