Omar, the 17-year-old white tiger from the Singapore zoo died on Wednesday (June 7), the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said in a statement on Thursday.
Omar had been suffering from melanoma, a type of skin cancer, and degeneration of his joints over the last three years and a team of team of keepers and veterinarians had been monitoring him closely.
WRS said that the team had been providing supportive care to Omar for the past few months to ensure his quality of life was maintained. However, “recent reassessment had seen worsening of his health and the difficult decision was made to euthanise him to prevent further deterioration of his quality of life”.
Omar would have turned 18 in September, a lifespan that exceeds the average 10 to 15 years in the wild or 16 to 20 years under human care, according to WRS.
Originally from Taman Safari, Indonesia, Omar arrived in Singapore as a 19-month-old juvenile on April 6, 2001.
He leaves behind two other white tigers in the zoo: Pasha and Keysa, a 4-year-old “brother-sister duo” that arrived on Jan 15, 2015 from the Batu Secret Zoo in Indonesia.