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Tiger dies at Highland Wildlife Park

Tiger Marty Image copyright RZSS/Highland Wildlife Park
Image caption Marty had been at the Highland Wildlife Park since 2012

A tiger at the Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorms has died.

Marty, the 10-year-old male Amur tiger had health problems and was put down by a vet on Thursday.

The big cat had been at the park at Kincraig near Aviemore since 2012, arriving from a zoo in the Czech Republic.

He was paired with female Dominika and fathered cubs Murray and Vicktor a year later. The park said Marty was "hugely popular" with visitors.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said: "Our thoughts are with everyone who worked with him."

Image copyright RZSS/Highland Wildlife Park
Image caption A keeper's hand on one of Marty's paws when he was anaesthetised for treatment to a tooth in 2013

In 2013, Marty had root canal done to a damaged tooth.

Taking more than two hours to complete, the operation involved three veterinary staff, two animal dentists and a dental x-ray technician.

The tiger, called Marty, was anaesthetised for the dental work to a chipped lower right canine.

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