The animals at Zoo Miami were reminded of their own mortality in a big way on Monday; once again warned that every second that ticks by is a second closer to their own unavoidable death.
Reminded that one day they too will end up like Mohan the rhino and Tevy the tiger, who both took their final breaths of life on Monday.
Mohan was believed to be the oldest living Indian rhinoceroses in captivity. At 44-year-old, his aging body was giving up on him. Zoo Miami's public face Ron Magill said that his breathing had become heavy, and he had trouble standing on his own odd-toed feet.
Zoo staff decided to end his suffering, and made the decision to euthanize the noble beast.
"Mohan took two long breaths and just went to sleep," Magill told WSVN.
Mohan was not the only animal to exit from this world at Zoo Miami that day.
He was joined in death earlier in the day by Tevy the Tiger. Unfortunately, Tevy's death came unexpectedly and much too soon. The Malayan tiger was only 12-years-old. The species can live up to 20 in captivity.
Keepers walked into her enclosure on Monday to find her dead. They believe liver failure is to blame.
The zoo had hoped to make Tevy a mother, and had been trying to mate her.
The zoo says they will conduct a search to find a new female Malayan tiger to mate with the male, and just like that Tevy will be replaced. Reproduction plans continues. Life goes on without her.
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