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Tue September 17, 2013

Iconic White Tiger At Zoo Miami Is Euthanized

Carlita taking a dip at her exhibit pound.
Carlita taking a dip at her exhibit pound.
Credit Zoo Miami

After a nearly 20-year career as part of a landmark exhibit at Zoo Miami, the white Bengal tiger known as “Carlita” was euthanized on Monday, the zoo announced.

Carlita was born in July 1992 and was transferred to Zoo Miami, where she began her career as part of the Tiger Temple exhibit in February 1994. She was paired with two other typically-colored Bengal tigers, Lyric and Roshe, and her color — or lack of it — helped her stand out and added to her popularity among zoo visitors, said zoo spokesman Ron Magill.

“There’s just something about that cat with the ice-blue eyes and that white fur,” Magill said.

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