We are saddened to announce the passing of Arthur Tiger on March 28, 2019. We are devastated by this tragic and unexpected loss. Arthur was a beloved and charismatic resident here at the Center, and we are forever thankful for the more than ten years that we were able to provide him a loving home.
During a routine training session, Arthur was being fed pieces of boneless meat by our keeping staff and began choking. When a cat is choking, they will attempt to cough up the obstruction and clear their airway. When that was unsuccessful, Arthur quickly lost consciousness. Our personnel attempted everything possible to save Arthur, but were unable to revive him.
This is incredibly difficult for our entire Conservators Center family, many of whom have known Arthur nearly his entire life. But he was so immediately likable and expressive that this grief touches all of us, even those who have only known him for a short time. Losing an animal is always painful, but Arthur was special, and the pain of losing him is particularly sharp. We take comfort in knowing that he spent his life here surrounded by the utmost love and care every single day.
When Arthur arrived at the Center, he was about three months old and, at just nineteen pounds, severely underweight. Arthur moved in a habitat next door to Kira Lioness, who was disabled; her father accidentally stepped on her hips at a different facility when she was very young. Soon, Arthur and Kira bonded through playing along their shared enclosure wall. We made the careful choice to introduce them into the same habitat, and they acted as ‘physical therapists’ for each other — the exercise improved Arthur’s appetite and helped Kira build muscle mass in her hips. Their unlikely companionship delighted and inspired thousands of visitors and was the basis for a beautiful children’s book.
As we all adjust to life at the Center without Arthur, we will be doing all we can to help Kira adjust as well. We’ve reached out to the people who spend the most time with her, and they will be visiting her often and showering her with attention and affection. We will be monitoring her behavior extra closely and ensuring that she stays happy, healthy, and mentally stimulated.
As always, we are thankful for the support of our community during difficult times like these.