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Nov 4, 2016

Lucky Boy, the Black Jaguar, passes on at 20

There is a bit of sad news coming out of the Belize Zoo tonight. One of its beloved residents, Lucky Boy, has passed away. According to the zoo, the twenty-year-old Black Jaguar had been ailing for a while and there were indications of cancer growth in his intestines. But for the past two weeks Lucky Boy made a turn for the worse despite staff nursing him, providing constant care and medical attention. His health didn’t improve and he was in a lot of pain and distress, so he was euthanized in the early hours of Thursday morning. But Lucky Boy will be remembered for his amazing recovery after he was rescued from starvation at a resort in southern Belize. He was nursed back to health by the staff and he became a top attraction at the Belize Zoo where he has called home since the summer of 2012. Over the last four years, thousands of visitors have stopped by at Lucky Boy’s home to see him and take pictures. To take a look back at Lucky Boy’s journey, we went into our archives for this piece from July 2012 when he had just arrived at the zoo.

 

[File: July 25, 2016]

 

The Belize Zoo said the Jaguar will be greatly missed. In a statement they said, “This stellar jaguar brought joy and happiness to the lives of many for well over four years. We are grateful to everyone around the world who were part of his amazing story.” While there are several Jaguars of the same family at the Belize Zoo, Lucky Boy was the only black jaguar.

 

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