Tiger from Greece dies at California sanctuary

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Posted: Sep 27, 2015 5:08 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tiger flown to a Southern California sanctuary last year after concerns of neglect at a Greek zoo has died, sanctuary officials said.

Phevos, a 17-year-old male tiger, was euthanized at the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, California, after weeks of decline, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday (http://lat.ms/1iD2uSf).

Lead veterinarian Jane Meier said the 300 pound-tiger had progressively shown signs of pain and a decreased appetite, which made it difficult to administer pain medication.

Phevos was brought to the sanctuary in December on a 20-hour airlift financed by a British animal care-activist who was concerned about the tiger's condition and the death of another tiger at a zoo outside Athens.

He was born in captivity and traveled with an Italian circus group until he and other tigers were seized by Greek authorities in 2002 because the circus lacked proper documentation, the Times reported.

As the Greek economy suffered, so did conditions at the zoo where Phevos and his mate Athena were sent, and neither received necessary care, the California sanctuary said in a statement.

The sanctuary, which is located some 35 miles east of San Diego, is planning a memorial for Phevos for Saturday.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/