PORTLAND, Ore. – Mikhail, the nearly 20-year-old Amur tiger at the Oregon Zoo, has died.
Mikhail passed away just one day shy of his Halloween birthday, and was considered to be among the oldest of his kind of the planet.
Zookeepers said his health had recently declined due to old age, and he was humanely euthanized Tuesday.
Wild Amur tigers usually live 10 to 15 years.
Zookeepers said until recently, Mikhail was very active and playful despite his old age.
They said he loved playing “soccer” with his ball to keep his joints limber.
Mikhail’s passing follows Borris, an elderly Amur leopard at the Oregon Zoo who died earlier this month.