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Truck stop tiger put down due to health issues

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Tony the tiger at Grosse Tete truck stop / courtesy of The Advocate Tony the tiger at Grosse Tete truck stop / courtesy of The Advocate

A tiger, kept in a cage at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, has been euthanized due to declining health and kidney failure.

According to Ted Baldwin, the publicist of the owner of the truck stop, Tony the Tiger was put down today. An autopsy will be done by veterinarians to determine the exact cause of death.

Tony was six months old when he moved into the Tiger Truck Stop, in January of 2001. Recently Tony, who was about to turn 18, was diagnosed with renal failure.

Owner, Michael Sandin says Tony was at one time the most photographed tiger in the world, coming under media attention when animal rights activists petitioned for his release. Sandin says, as late as August 2017, the activists were still trying to get take Tony - despite an exemplary record of care. 

Tony's owner says the tiger was the subject of an award winning feature documentary called "How To Not Kill A Tiger", which was instrumental in getting the Louisiana Legislature to vote to keep Tony in Louisiana in 2014. The legislature created an exemption for tiger exhibits in the state. Th

Tony will be preserved through taxidermy.

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