NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Zookeepers at the Audubon Institute are saying their final goodbyes to "King Zulu."
Born in Nashville in 1996, the last remaining white tiger came to New Orleans in 1999.
The tiger suffered a recent "steep decline" and veterinarians made the decision to humanely euthanize him Sunday morning.
Experts say Bengal tigers in the wild can live up to 15 years, while tigers in human care can live up to five years longer than their counterparts in the wild.
"King Zulu was a personable cat and really loved interacting with staff and guests alike - his caretakers were all very close to him," Joe Forys, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Large Mammals said in a statement released on Audubon's website. "He greeted everyone with a chuff (tiger purr) every time he saw you and we will never forget him."