9 Jan 2012

Ashme died this afternoon after a very short illness. The cause of the illness is not yet known and a post-mortem will be carried out.

Mum Kirana and the remaining siblings, Nila and Tila, are currently off-show as maintenance work is being carried out in their enclosure.

This time is also being used to give the 12-week-old cubs their second round of vaccinations and the family will be back out again later this week once work is complete. Both Nila and Tila seem in good health.

Our sympathies are with the carnivore and veterinary teams.