The National Zoo announced that its 13-year-old male clouded leopard, Tai, was euthanized November 24 after veterinarians discovered malignant tumors in his chest. Clouded leopards are classified as “vulnerable,” which means they “are facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.”
The median life expectancy of a male clouded leopard in human care is about seven years. So while Tai lived a relatively long life, I will miss his gorgeous fur, striking eyes, and love of meatballs. So long, Tai!
All images by angela n.