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Vale Tapini

26 June 2014

Healesville Sanctuary’s Veterinarians and Keepers made the sad decision today to euthanise Tapini, our Tree-kangaroo. Tapini was 18 years old, and was diagnosed with arthritis in January 2012. She had been receiving medications to manage her comfort and mobility.

However, arthritis is a degenerative and progressive condition and this was impacting Tapini’s quality of life.

Tapini was born at Melbourne Zoo in 1996, and came to Healesville Sanctuary in 2011. She was put on display just outside Sanctuary Harvest, and delighted everyone who popped in for lunch or coffee.

“She also provided many moments of joy to our visitors through Magic Moments,” Mr Glen Holland, Healesville Sanctuary’s Director said.

Mr Holland said Sanctuary staff and especially the dedicated Wild Encounters Keepers are extremely saddened by the loss of Tapini, and we expect that Zoo Members and other regular visitors will also feel the loss.

‘In these difficult circumstances, the welfare of the individual animal is always the priority, and our Veterinarians only take this option after the most careful consideration.”