The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck announced their 11-year-old male tiger Ramu passed away.
According to their Facebook page, Ramu had been showing signs of decreased activity and lack of appetite in late July.
They say blood work, x-rays and other observations pointed to the fact that he was critically ill. They thought he may be dealing with serious issues with his gastrointestinal tract.
As his ability to eat continue to decline, the Dakota Zoo made the decision to humanely euthanize Ramu. An autopsy confirmed that Ramu was suffering from cancer of the intestines and spleen.
The Dakota Zoo said, “Ramu will be sorely missed by Vimila and Lila, the staff and volunteers at Dakota Zoo and the countless zoo members and visitors who have enjoyed seeing our big lovable lug for the past 10 years.”
Ramu came to Bismarck from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shortly after their tiger exhibit opened in 2008.