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Popular Amur leopard dies at Binghamton Zoo

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Binghamton Zoo is saying goodbye to one of its beloved big cats.

The zoo posted on its Facebook page Tuesday morning that Kalinika, a 19-year-old Amur leopard, was euthanized over the weekend.

The zoo notes the decision was made due to the animal's age-related decline and quality of life.

The cat was born in July 1998 at the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Orono, Ontario, Canada, according to the Binghamton Zoo.

Kalinika arrived at the Binghamton Zoo in 2013, where she was until her passing.

“At age 19, Kalinika lived a long, healthy life as an ambassador for the Amur leopard species in the Species Survival Plan,” the zoo explained in its Facebook post. “Amur leopards are critically endangered, and have a life expectancy of 10-15 years in the wild.”

The leopard was a favorite with both staff and visitors, the zoo notes, and will be missed.

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