Virginia Zoo ocelot loses fight with cancer

Xanica, an ocelot at the Virginia Zoo. (Photo courtesy Facebook/The Virginia Zoo)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – After 22 years, the Virginia Zoo’s ocelot has died.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Zoo announced Xanica the ocelot had cancer, and had to be euthanized.

“We do what’s necessary to maintain our animals’ quality of life, but when we believe quality of life is diminished, we make the compassionate choice to relieve suffering through euthanasia,” said Dr. Amanda Guthrie, the Zoo veterinarian, in the post.

According to the Virginia Zoo, ocelots typically live 15 to 20 years in captivity.

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