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So Long, Soyono

Soyono gave birth to three litters in 2001, 2004 and 2006, delivering a total of seven cubs. Her cubs, which the Zoo likes to refer to as Ambassadors of the species, now reside in several zoos across the country, with one transported as far as Japan. [Smithsonian Magazine]

CAT LOVER that I am, it doesn’t matter the size. These gorgeous and extraordinarily dangerous creatures are on the edge of extinction. Pictured above, Soyono, the 19-year-old Sumatran tiger was humanely euthanized yesterday at the National Zoo.

When Rokan was in the last days of his life and wouldn’t leave the “drafty, cramped, cement floored runway,” because of the same end of life illness, Soyono stayed by his side.

For the love of big cats.

The proud mother with her cubs (left) and her mate (right). Courtesy of the Zoo

All photographs compliments of the National Zoo, via the Smithsonian Magazine.

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4 Responses to So Long, Soyono

  1. Jane Austen November 20, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    RIP Soy. These cats are so majestic looking. I love looking at cats. Like you Taylor, doesn’t matter how big or small. I just think cats are cool.

  2. Taylor Marsh November 20, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    They’re such independent creatures.

    As a former dancer, the way they move is something that we’re taught often to emulate.

    So long, Soyono.

  3. whitepaw November 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I love tigers. They are such beautiful creatures and mesmerizing to watch (although I admit to not enjoying watching them as predators as I am such a sucker for the prey… even though I studied biology and understand the necessity of the predator-prey relationship).

    I checked the life expectancy of the Sumatran Tiger and it is about 15 years in the wild, and up to 20 in a zoo. So it appears Soyono had a long and fruitful life. Still breaks my heart though. I can imagine how sad her caretakers are… :(

    • Taylor Marsh November 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      She did indeed and it certainly does.

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