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Rare white tiger diagnosed with cancer dies at zoo

In this undated photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo, Akere, a 21-year-old white tiger is shown in his living space at the zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. Akere, who was recently diagnosed with non-treatable oral cancer, suffered with renal failure and had severe arthritis in his hips, had to be euthanized on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, said a zoo spokeswoman. (Kathy Newton/Cincinnati Zoo via AP)
Kathy Newton/Cincinnati Zoo via AP
Akere.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials say a rare white tiger has died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Zoo officials said in a blog post on Thursday that the 21-year-old male tiger, named Akere, was recently diagnosed with non-treatable oral cancer. A zoo spokeswoman says the tiger was euthanized Wednesday.

The zoo says Akere was in renal failure and had severe arthritis in his hips. Officials say a care team provided supportive care and medication to ease the tiger’s pain, but it was clear that his quality of life was not going to improve.

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The zoo says the tiger was the oldest of his kind in any accredited North American zoo. A tiger’s median life expectancy is 15 to 20 years.

Akere arrived in Cincinnati from Nashville in 1996 when he was just 9 months old.