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Riverside Discovery Center announces the passing of four animals

Riverside Discovery Center announces the passing of Ussuri (male tiger), Nika (female tiger) Mateo (cougar), and Diego (cougar).
Tuesday, December 27th 2022, 6:23 PM MST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Riverside Discovery Center announces the passing of Ussuri (male tiger), Nika (female tiger) Mateo (cougar), and Diego (cougar).

Ussuri passed away due to a confirmed Avian Influenza, Nika passed away due to possible Avian Influenza (pending pathology results), Mateo had to be euthanized due to seizures about a month and a half ago, and Diego has a possible case of Avian Influenza and ingested a piece of fire hose in his facility as a result all fire hoses were removed from the zoo.

Bandit the bear, who passed away in May 2022, had a confirmed case Avian Influenza and Cephalitis. UNL Veterinary Diagnostic Center tested the animals and currently majority of the animal at RDC are in quarantine at this time. RDC is working closely with the Scotts Bluff County Health Department and the zoo is not a threat to the public at the moment.

Riverside Discovery Center also announces they are soon receiving a female bear from Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona and Aulick Industries donated a customized bear cage to the zoo according to Hawk Buckman Interim Director at RDC.

Earlier in the week a water pipe froze, and substantial amount of damage occurred to the Zebra exhibit, the zoo is working on repairing this at the time as they are currently accepting donations for repairs. RDC, which said there is no current threat to the public, is planning on returning Wild Lights on December 30th for the general public.