Photo from In-Sync Exotics of Tacoma, a tiger that passed away after contracting the canine distemper virus.
An eighth big cat that struggled with health issues this year has died at a Wylie animal sanctuary from complications from canine distemper.
In-Sync Exotics in Wylie revealed that a tiger named Tacoma had died Sunday night just before he was scheduled to be euthanized due to failing health.
Tacoma was diagnosed with hip dysplasia earlier in 2013 and was taken to Canadian veterinarians who performed surgery on the tiger. During his recovery, he contracted the canine distemper virus which has been involved in the deaths of multiple big cats at the Wylie sanctuary.
In-Sync posted on their Facebook page that, despite Tacoma's distemper treatments and water therapy for his injured hips, the tiger continued to weaken.