Belizean jaguar ‘Pat’ dies in Milwaukee zoo

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Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017. 1:09 p.m. CST.

Photo: Milwaukee County Zoo

By BBN Staff: Pat, a Belizean jaguar residing at the Milwaukee Country Zoo for the last decade, died yesterday, according to the zoo.

“Due to kidney failure and subsequent quality of life concerns, [Pat] was humanely euthanized Monday, Aug. 7,” the zoo said in a statement.

Pat arrived at the zoo in 2008 from the Belize Zoo’s Jaguar Rescue Center. The zoo says he quickly became a visitor favorite, touching many with his unique backstory in the rainforests of Belize.

“Because Pat was born in the wild, and is unrelated to any captive jaguars, he added much needed genetic diversity to the captive jaguar population in U.S. zoos,” the zoo said.

Pat was the subject of the 2011 book “Pat the Great Cat,” a partnership between SHARP Literacy and the children of both Belize and Milwaukee.

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