3-year-old tiger 'Nadya' unexpectedly dies at the Minnesota Zoo

- The Minnesota Zoo announced Monday that popular Amur tiger "Nadya" unexpectedly passed away over the weekend. She was three years old.

"Nadya hadn’t been feeling well the week prior to her death, and had been under the medical and supportive care of veterinarians and zookeepers around the clock," the Minnesota Zoo said in a press release. "When her medical situation didn’t improve, she was anesthetized for emergency exploratory surgery in an effort to determine the cause of her illness."

The young tiger survived her surgical procedure, but passed away soon afterwards despite all medical attempts to revive her. Blood tests prior to her death showed compromised liver function. The zoo said results of her autopsy are pending.

"We are very sad over the unexpected passing of Nadya,” said Kevin Willis, the Minnesota Zoo’s vice president for biological programs.

Nadya arrived at the Minnesota Zoo as a young cub from the St. Louis Zoo in the summer of 2012.

“Because she was hand raised here, she was one of our favorite animals and despite receiving the very best in medical care, she unfortunately didn’t survive," Willis said. "She will always be remembered by staff and volunteers as a sweet-natured tiger.”

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