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Final necropsy results for BREC zoo\'s Malayan tiger released

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BATON ROUGE - BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has released the final necropsy results for the facility’s juvenile Malayan tiger that died last month.

“Gastric dilatation is what we initially suspected as the cause of death based on the video footage we had from her den, but we couldn’t say that conclusively without further testing,” said Dr. Gordon Pirie, Zoo Veterinarian. “Technically the definitive cause of death is still unknown, but gastric dilatation is the most likely cause based on clinical observations and abnormalities found in the tiger’s stomach lining.”

Veterinarians say gastric dilatation is most often seen in domestic animals such as dogs. With gastric dilatation, the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content. With the stretching and turning, the animal can then experience a range of symptoms including hypotension, ischemia and shock. The zoo says it is an unpreventable and cut condition that often results in death.

A total of 28 different tests were performed during the necropsy with no diseases, toxins or pathogens detected.

The necropsy was performed at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine by the Louisiana Animal Diagnostic Laboratory.

The tiger, named Hadiah in a poll of area residents, was born in July 2014 and died on Apr. 13.

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