Minnesota Zoo tiger named Putin dies during routine procedure

Putin, a 12-year-old Amur tiger at the Minnesota Zoo, died during a routine procedure on Wednesday.

The tiger, who came to the zoo as an adult with the name Putin, experienced cardiac failure during a preventative health exam on Wednesday and despite efforts by veterinarians, animal health technicians, and zookeepers, he died.

The Minnesota Zoo, which has been involved with tiger conservation for more than 40 years, called the tiger’s death a “profound loss.” The zoo is now home to just one Amur tiger, an adult female named Sundari.

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