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Jaguar euthanized by Arizona zoo due to failing health

July 7, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A jaguar in an Arizona zoo has been euthanized due to age-related health issues.

News organizations reported Saturday that Reid Park Zoo in Tucson euthanized the female jaguar Friday.

Zoo officials say the 23-year-old named Simone suffered from kidney disease and pancreas issues common to cats her size and age.

Officials say Simone lived almost all of her life at Reid Park Zoo, arriving at the facility 113 miles (182 kilometers) southeast of Phoenix when she was 7 months old.

Simone’s sister lived at the zoo until her death in 2017.

Officials say Simone was the oldest jaguar at a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoo, which includes 236 member facilities in the United States and abroad.

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