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  • Courtesy Black Pine Animal Sanctuary Jai, an 18-year-old female tiger, was found dead by keepers Friday morning. Black Pine suspects the tiger suffered from a brain tumor, as she had been suffering from seizures and an abscess since last year.

  • Courtesy Black Pine Animal Sanctuary Arnold, a 14-year-old potbellied pig, died Wednesday after health complications at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 1:00 am

Black Pine mourns loss of pig, tiger this week

JESSICA GARVIN | The Journal Gazette

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary had to say goodbye to two of its animals this week.

The sanctuary in Albion posted on its Facebook page that Arnold, a potbellied pig, and Jai, a female tiger, had died due to health complications.

“In the midst of our 25 Days of Christmas and the many wishes that have been granted, we have suffered two losses that leave us heartbroken,” the sanctuary wrote in its Facebook post.

Arnold, who was 14 years old, had fallen ill Sunday. After being treated for hypothermia and a possible infection, the pig was taken to Kendallville Animal Clinic, where X-rays revealed pancreatitis. Treatment was difficult, the sanctuary said, and after a decision had been made to euthanize the pig Wednesday, keepers found he had died on his own.

Jai and her sister Cita were born at Black Pine and spent all of their 18 years at the sanctuary. Jai began suffering from seizures last year and was treated for an abscess in October. Keepers also suspected she suffered from a brain tumor.

They found the tiger dead Friday morning.

The sanctuary said in their post that any monetary gifts received in memory of Jai will be designated to the Mufasa Memorial Veterinary Fund, named after Black Pine's beloved lion that died in October.

jgarvin@jg.net