SD Zoo's Black Jaguar Dies

"Orson" was put down due to complications from old age

By Andie Adams
|  Friday, May 2, 2014  |  Updated 6:29 AM PDT
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 The San Diego Zoo shared some sad news this week: One of its black jaguars has died.

The large cat named “Orson” was suffering from multiple issues, and zoo officials said at 22 years old, his geriatric condition was affecting his quality of life.

Doctors decided to put him down on Wednesday morning.

Orson lived about ten years over the typical jaguar’s life expectancy, and he became a staple at the zoo during his time there.

On Facebook, the zoo asked people to take a moment to offer condolences to staff “who will be feeling this loss.”

“RIP big guy, we’ll miss you dearly,” the social media post read.

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