Grand Rapids-born tiger dies at Oregon Zoo

Nicole, an Amur tiger at the Oregon Zoo, died suddenly on March 24, 2014. She was 15. (Oregon Zoo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN/WOOD) — A tiger born in Grand Rapids died suddenly this week at the Oregon Zoo, a Portland TV station reports.

Nicole, a 15-year-old Amur tiger, died just after noon Monday, according to WOOD’s Portland sister station KOIN. Zoo officials say she appears to have had a seizure, but a necropsy is scheduled to determine the cause of the death.

Nicole and her twin brother Mikhail were born Oct. 31, 1998 at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. They moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland in 2000.

Female Amur tigers have a typical life expectancy of 14.3 years, Oregon Zoo officials told KOIN. Male Amur tigers have an average life expectancy of 16 years.

Amur (or Siberian) tigers are an endangered species. Between 400 and 500 of them remain in the wild in their native region of southeast Russia and northern China, according to National Geographic.



World Wildlife Federation on Amur tigers

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