Death of a striped beauty

This picture from the Surabaya Zoo taken on April 10 shows Rama, a 16-year-old male Sumatran tiger, with a tranquilliser dart on his leg while inside his enclosure at the zoo. Rama died of heart failure on April 10 at the notorious Indonesian zoo whe
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This picture from the Surabaya Zoo taken on April 10 shows Rama, a 16-year-old male Sumatran tiger, with a tranquilliser dart on his leg while inside his enclosure at the zoo.

Rama died of heart failure on April 10 at the notorious Indonesian zoo where many animals have died prematurely due to neglect over the years.

The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered. The zoo's spokesman Veronika Lanu said after Rama's death that proper procedures had been followed. A tiger can live up to 20 years in captivity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2016, with the headline 'Death of a striped beauty'. Print Edition | Subscribe