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Zoo Boise tiger euthanized after back injury: 'This is a sad day for everyone'

The city said Tuesday that Katarina, who underwent spinal surgery after a suffering a herniated disc, had paralysis in her hind legs. (Zoo Boise)

Zoo Boise has lost its 14-year-old Amur tiger.

The city said Tuesday that Katarina, who underwent spinal surgery after a suffering a herniated disc, had paralysis in her hind legs. She had showed improvement and returned to her exhibit in the beginning of the year.

But the healing didn't last, however.

"Katarina’s ability to walk and move around her exhibit took a turn for the worse in recent days," Zoo Boise said. "Veterinarians determined the risk of operating on the tiger again, especially at the age of 14, was too great."

Tigers typically live 10-15 years in the wild.

“This is a sad day for everyone who had the chance to meet this majestic creature,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway.“ Katarina was truly a member of our family and we will miss her.”

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