An elderly tiger had to be euthanized at the Houston Zoo Wednesday. Pandu was one of the zoo’s two Malayan tigers.
The decision was made by the tiger’s keepers and veterinary team after the 16-year-old tiger became lethargic and uninterested in food. Pandu was also showing signs of pain.
For many years, Pandu received a combination of stem cell therapy and arthroscopic surgery for elbow issues. The zoo said the treatments added to his quality of life, and gave him energy to participate in some of his favorite activities – swimming and painting.
As one of the zoo’s most requested painters, Pandu had a preference for purple paint and his work can be found hanging in homes around Houston.
Affectionately called “Professor” by his keepers, Pandu was a very vocal cat. The team had to train him to be quiet while they were feeding him so that they could hear one another talk.
Malayan tigers are critically endangered with only about 300 remaining in the wild. Pandu is survived by his habitat mate, a 14-year-old female Malayan tiger named Satu.