Oh, this just breaks my heart.
Ruby, the 19-year-old Siberian Tiger at our local zoo, was euthanized today. Apparently, she'd been in poor health for some time and was showing signs of suffering. She had arthritis, hearing loss, and kidney problems, among other ailments associated with aging.
They say her appetite had waned, she'd lost weight, and was beginning to lose mobility.
I'd seen her a number of times over the years, though it's probably been five years since I last saw her. She was a beautiful animal, truly magnificent. There's nothing more graceful than a big cat, and Ruby was full of grace and beauty. She will be sorely missed.