Veterinary results following the death of our adorable 11-week-old snow leopard, Nidara, show the cause to be peracute coliform intestinal infection which in turn caused an E. Coli septicaemia.
Veterinary Surgeon Peter A K Stewart, who collated the results, said: “Unfortunately, this sort of infection is common in young animals and has a high mortality rate. The condition would have lead to a sudden death.”
The rapid deterioration is visible on CCTV footage.
DZG CEO Peter Suddock, said: “An immediate response by staff and the zoo vet to the discovery of the poorly snow leopard cub on July 19 failed to revive the animal.
“The usual procedure of a full autopsy was carried out by the zoo vet with samples forwarded for further testing and examination and these are the results of the findings.”
He added: “It’s very sad to have lost such a beautiful animal.”