Health issues lead to euthanization of Beau the cheetah at Phoenix Zoo


Health issues lead to euthanization of Beau the cheetah at Phoenix Zoo

Beau, a male cheetah at the Phoenix Zoo, was euthanized on March 1 due to complications involving partial paralysis, hindlimb weakness, and a tumor near his spinal cord. The zoo announced this sad news in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Beau, who was considered “geriatric” for his species, was 10 years old at the time of his passing.

Beau spent a total of seven years at the zoo, with two separate stints from 2014 to 2018 and then again from 2021 to 2024. Originally born in Florida, he was transferred to Arizona along with his brothers before being sent back to Florida due to breeding recommendations from the Species Survival Plan, a program created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program aims to ensure genetically diverse and healthy animal populations within zoo settings.

Beau and his brothers, Rhett and Wilkes, were named after characters from “Gone with the Wind.” Their mother, Scarlett, was also named after a character from the same movie. Beau was known as the sweetest among the trio and was a joy to work with during his time at the Phoenix Zoo. Although Beau has passed away, his brothers can still be visited at the cheetah habitat along the Africa Trail at the zoo.

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