F.Vanni was a stroke of luck for zoo visitors: the Sumatran tiger liked to show the visitors up close. “Because he was so relaxed, he was often right next to the window, so that our visitors could observe him well,” says the zoo’s spokeswoman. The zookeepers attributed Vanni’s sociability to the fact that he was “a very self-confident and fearless tiger”.
On Thursday, the Sumatran tiger, who came to Frankfurt in 2017, had to be euthanized at the age of eleven. In the past few months, the hangover had repeatedly had phases in which it did not eat anything. According to the zoo, a cause was not clearly recognizable for the veterinarians. In the last few days his condition has deteriorated continuously, so it was decided to have an intensive examination.
In addition to vertebral diseases, changes in the gastrointestinal tract were found, which indicate a tumor. Vanni had no chance of recovery or a pain-free life, so the decision was made to euthanize, said the zoo. Further investigations should provide more details.
There are currently no tigers in the zoo after 17-year-old Malea had to be euthanized last year. The two tigers had a complicated relationship. When they first met, they had such a violent fight that they had to be kept separate from now on. “They got along well as neighbors,” says the zoo spokeswoman. “It was different in personal contact, although it is not really possible to say who caused the aggression.”