Published: 11:07, 22 April 2019
| Updated: 11:34, 22 April 2019
A much-loved tiger has died at a Kent attraction after suffering advanced cancer.
Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, says it is "saddened" to announce the death of Nika, a 15-year-old Amur tigress.
The fiery animal was sedated by vets on Saturday April 13 to investigate the reasons behind her "uncharacteristic behaviour" after she began displaying signs of illness.
She was put down after it was discovered she was suffering from an advanced cancer.
Nika, who was born at Marwell Zoo in 2004, arrived at Howletts in 2007 as part of a breeding programme.
A spokesman for Howletts said: "Nika was a big character, much loved by her dedicated staff and park visitors.
"She was a fiery tiger with plenty of attitude, however she showed her softer side with her litter of cubs that are now fully grown and at other wild animal parks around Europe.
"Nika was a big part of Howletts, having been at the park for over 10 years.
"She loved to interact with enrichment items given to her by the team and amazed all of us as she made short work of any difficult feeding devices, the team thought would keep her occupied for hours but usually only lasted minutes!
"We are sure our visitors and supporters will be as saddened by this news as we are."