Abrams, 9, had been in isolation for weeks before his death. A lioness and another male tiger died last week at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center.
Two big cats remain in critical condition in isolation, and 22 cats have been diagnosed with canine distemper since June, said Lisa Williams, media director for the center.
Though all the cats at In-Sync have been vaccinated against feline distemper, there is no vaccination for canine distemper. Center officials believe the virus was carried in by raccoons that walk on top of the cats’ enclosure.
Volunteers are giving the infected cats extra vitamins and antibiotics to boost their immune systems and ward off other infections, Williams said.
“Just like any virus, we have to wait for their body to fight it off,” she said. “You can sort of treat the symptoms.”
Though Abrams had been showing symptoms, he seemed to be improving in the last week.
“We actually thought Abrams was going to pull out of it,” Williams said.
By TASHA TSIAPERAS