Apr 7, 2014 7:20 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A male Malayan tiger that sired four cubs born in January at a Northern California zoo has died.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo spokeswoman Lisa Condoian says the tiger, named Paka, was euthanized Saturday at the age of 17 after his health had sharply declined over the last several weeks.
Condoian says the life span of a Malayan tiger is about 16 to 20 years, so Paka was considered an older tiger.
A preliminary necropsy - or animal autopsy - is being performed to determine the exact cause of the tiger's health problems, but results won't be ready for several weeks.
The Malayan tiger is a subspecies that lives Southeast Asia and has been classified as endangered since 2008. Experts believe there are only about 500 of the tigers left.
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