The death of one of Blackpool Zoo’s beloved tigers sparked an outpouring of grief among readers.
Messages flooded in on social media following the news that 14-year-old Zambar had died on Thursday.
He had struggled with ill health over the last six months.
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The popular Amur tiger described as a “hugely popular member of our zoo family” by attraction director Darren Webster.
He added: “Staff and keepers are extremely saddened at his passing and are being comforted by the kind messages of condolence we are receiving.”
Zambar, who had been receiving specialist treatment from keepers and various vets, arrived in Blackpool in 2010 after being born and hand-reared at Marwell Zoo six years earlier.
He was joined by Alyona in 2012, and the pair became parents to Barney and Radzi in 2014. They moved on to other zoos in Europe.
Amur tigers – also known as Siberian tigers – are an endangered species. There are around 540 left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife charity.
This is what readers had to say about the news:
We hear him most nights and go see him on the walk around the De Vere! Wondered where he was today.
I was at the zoo in July as well. RIP big man.
Oh no, how very sad. RIP Zambar. So pleased we got to see him this year.
Oh dear, so sad, been seeing him for many years.
So sorry to here this about the beautiful zambar RIP.
So glad we got to see Zambar a few weeks ago – a beautiful animal.
So sorry – loved watching him for all the years I’ve been going to the zoo. RIP Zambar. Sorry for all the staff.
RIP Zambar, you will be sadly missed.
RIP Zambar you will be missed beautiful by everyone. Fly high sweetheart with the angels.
Sleep well angel. It was amazing to finally meet you the other week.
Aww what a beautiful animal RIP Zambar.
Nichola Jane N
So sad, a big beautiful puss.
Only went because of him last few years. RIP Zambar, just a beautiful tiger.
RIP Zambar you will be sadly missed. Run free.
We will all miss him but he was poorly and an old man.
Rebecca Louise Binns