Canada lynx euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo

Staff writerFebruary 14, 2014 

Senior staff biologist Maureen O’Keefe and Yukon at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.


A Canada lynx who starred in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater show was euthanized Friday because of kidney disease, according to Point Defiance Zoo &Aquarium.

Yukon, 9, was diagnosed with the disease when he was young but his health recently deteriorated. Veterinarians fitted a port under his skin in recent months to keep him flush with fluids and he was on several other medications to help his failing kidneys.

“The progression of chronic renal disease can be slowed but it is an irreversible process regardless of treatment,” veterinarian Karen Wolf said.

Yukon came to the Tacoma zoo in June 2004 to be part of the education programs. He often starred in the daily Close Encounters presentations and the summer season Wild Wonders Outdoors Theater shows.

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