Pouakai Zoo's rare white bengal tiger Anila has died of cancer.
The six-year-old underwent an operation a year ago to remove her right eye after she was found to have melanoma in her eye ball.
At the time zoo co-manager Fiona Carson was hopeful the tiger would make a full recovery.
Anila, known for her laid-back nature, was one of three triplet sisters which arrived at Pouakai in 2010 from Zion Wildlife Gardens in Northland after the death of one of the keepers there.
Anila and her triplet sisters Azra and Kahli were bred at the wildlife park for their pale fur and light blue eyes using parents which also carried the recessive white gene.
There are only about 120 white tigers in the world.
Ms Carson could not be reached this morning but the zoo announced the death of Anila on its Facebook page last night.
The popular Pouakai Zoo is situated on Carrington Rd and is on the market.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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