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1 December 2007 PENTOBARBITAL POISONING IN SUMATRAN TIGERS (PANTHERA TIGRIS SUMATRAE)
Kerstin Jurczynski, Erhard Zittlau
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Abstract

Three Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at the Heidelberg Zoo in Germany presented with severe neurologic signs. Physical examination and diagnostic tests did not reveal a definitive diagnosis. Two days after initial presenting signs, all of the animals appeared clinically normal. An investigation into this outbreak revealed that all animals received horse meat on the evening before the incident. A toxicologic examination was initiated and serum analysis of the affected female tiger cub and the horse meat revealed contamination with pentobarbital.

Kerstin Jurczynski and Erhard Zittlau "PENTOBARBITAL POISONING IN SUMATRAN TIGERS (PANTHERA TIGRIS SUMATRAE)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 38(4), 583-584, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1638/2006-0051R.1
Received: 13 December 2006; Published: 1 December 2007
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Panthera tigris sumatrae
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