Zoo and Aquarium staff are mourning the death of Asta, Australia’s last tigon. General manager Trent Russell said yesterday Asta – part lion, part tiger – defied the expected 15-year life span of most big cats, living until he was 22.
”Asta was really lovely, just like a big pussy cat,” he said.
Asta passed away from old age late last month, surrounded by his keepers, who made sure he was comfortable in his last days.
Canberra Times article here.