GRIFFITH PARK — The Los Angeles Zoo's only tiger was euthanized this week because of declining health, officials said Wednesday.
Indira, the tiger, was 16. Her kidneys were failing, and veterinarians had determined that she could not recover to live a comfortable life, according to the zoo.
"We knew three years ago that things were quite bad," said Janna Wynne, a zoo veterinarian. "We didn't expect her to live this long."
Most tigers do not live past the age of 10 in the wild, she said. At 16, Indira was roughly equivalent to a 70-year-old human being, according to the zoo.