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BIG CAT: Zoo’s Amur Tiger ‘Kavacha’ Dies

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The Blank Park Zoo has lost one of its most popular animals to heart failure.

The zoo announced Tuesday Amur male tiger Kavacha died of heart failure after a brief illness.

The tiger, born at the Indianapolis Zoo in 1998, came to the Blank Park Zoo in 2001.

Experts say there are only about 350 Amur tigers left in the wild. The placement of tigers in zoos is controlled by a species survival program.

Zoo officials will work with the program to have another tiger placed at Blank Park Zoo with the zoo`s other Amur tiger, a female named Goldy.