2004-01-21 08:19:06 UTC
for cancers, kidney failure, etc.?
Zoo tiger patriarch dying Calgary - One of the Calgary Zoo's oldest
tigers is dying of bone cancer.
Fifteen-year-old Khasam, who has sired many of the zoo's Siberian
tiger family, is only expected to live another week or so. The tumor
is visible as a painful swelling on his right front leg, and he limps.
His vet, Sandie Black, says there is nothing they can do.
"Unfortunately, there's no treatment for the form of cancer Khasam
has. There's nothing we can offer that can stop or slow down the
progression of this cancer, and so what we're offering is palliative
care," Black said. "It's a very personal decision for everyone, when
Khasam's had enough.
"I think at this point, we're talking days to weeks."
Black says because Khasam was born in the wild, his DNA is important
to broaden the small gene pool of Siberian tigers born in captivity.
Vets will harvest his semen before he dies.
Khasam came to the zoo in 1991, after wandering too close to a