Wednesday 16 April 2014

Full list of animals euthanised by Dublin Zoo, 2011-2013


Western chimpanzee – female was over 51 years old and had septicaemia and thrombosis.

Siamang gibbon – put to sleep after the neonate animal was rejected by mother and found comatose.

Goeldi's monkey – had a large cancerous growth.

Labrador dogs (2) – both dogs were around 15 years old. One had severe anaemia and renal failure, while the other dog had severe age-related arthritis.

Grey wolf – wolf sustained severe injuries after it was attacked by other members of the pack.

African lion – lioness was almost 25 years old and had renal failure and muscular weakness making her unable to walk. Her death was documented in RTE'S The Zoo television programme.

Snow leopard – rare leopard was 16 years old and had severe arthritis of the knee.

Eastern bongo (antelope) – bongo had complications at birth which were "incompatible with life".

Tamworth piglet – piglet had a birth deformity (twisted spine) which was incompatible with life.

Texel sheep – paralysis: post-mortem did not reveal any cause for the paralysis.

Patagonian mara (4) – One mara (a type of cavy) had an untreatable intra-abdominal abscess. Another mara had a jaw-bone infection incompatible with life. Two mara were unwell for several weeks and did not respond to treatment. Post-mortem findings revealed protozoan encephalitis.


Common ostrich – ostrich was losing weight over a long period of time. The post-mortem suggested a mycobacterium infection which is an incurable condition.

Greater rhea (3) – birds were found to be carrying salmonella. Treatment over a long period did not eliminate the condition and following the advice of a bacteriologist, these rhea were euthanised.

Chilean flamingo (2) – one had septic feet which was incurable while another had a broken leg which could not be repaired.

Waldrapp ibis (3) – two had birth deformities that were incompatible with life. The third ibis fledged too early and was badly injured.

Domestic fowl (3) – An Australorp chicken which had lost condition and had poor balance. Post-mortem findings were suggestive of Marek's disease – a viral infection of the nerves, a common disease of farmyard poultry. Another Australorp chicken had egg peritonitis. One Brahma chicken had severe lameness that did not respond to treatment. Post-mortem findings showed Marek's disease.


Water monitor – had severe spinal degeneration.

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