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Tiger, pig die of ailments at Black Pine

December 14, 2018

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary had to say goodbye to two of its animal residents this week.

The sanctuary in Albion posted on its Facebook page that Arnold, a potbellied pig, and Jai, a female tiger, had died due to health complications.

“In the midst of our 25 Days of Christmas and the many wishes that have been granted, we have suffered two losses that leave us heartbroken,” the sanctuary wrote in its Facebook post.

Arnold, who was 14 years old, had fallen ill on Sunday. After being treated for hypothermia and a possible infection, the pig was taken to the Kendallville Animal Clinic, where X-rays revealed pancreatitis. Treatment was difficult, the sanctuary said, and after a decision had been made to euthanize the pig to end his suffering Wednesday, keepers found he had died on his own.

Eighteen-year-old Jai and her sister Cita had been born at Black Pine and spent their entire lives at the sanctuary. The tiger began suffering from seizures last year, and was treated for an abscess in October. Keepers suspected she suffered from a brain tumor, and they found the tiger had died Friday morning.

The sanctuary said in their post that any gifts received in the memory of Jai will be designated to the newly named Mufasa Memorial Veterinary Fund, named after the beloved lion that died in October.

jgarvin@jg.net

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