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Bern leopard is put down

Rigo, a Persian leopard from Bern’s Animal Park, who made headlines after killing his partner in 2006, has had to be put down.

This content was published on June 25, 2010 - 15:46

The park director said Rigo was put to sleep as he was suffering from arthritis and chronic kidney failure.

Born in 1993, Rigo had been under treatment for the two last years, but the drugs weren’t having any effect on the animal, who had lost a lot of weight.

Rigo attacked and killed his partner in November 2006 for reasons, which remained unclear. The incident happened shortly after the animals had moved into a new, more spacious enclosure.

He has two offspring. One lives in a French zoo and the other one in a British animal park.

Persian leopards are an endangered species. There are only 200-300 in the world.

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