Black Pine tiger Delilah dies

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary tiger Delilah is pictured. (photo by Karine Aigner)

ALBION, Ind. (WANE) A tiger at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has died.

Delilah passed away overnight inside her den after a brief illness, the sanctuary wrote in a Facebook post. It wrote later she suffered from diffuse lymphoma that was found on her spleen and intestines.

The 20-year-old tiger had been under watch over the weekend and was seen by a veterinarian Sunday evening. Black Pine wrote in the post that Delilah was being treated for pain and had a full examination scheduled for Wednesday “if the elderly cat rallied enough to do so safely.”

“Sadly, that was not to be.”

Delilah came to Black Pine in 2012 along with tigers Sammie, Taz and Ticha from Tiger Paw Rescue Center in Ohio. She was a “photo prop for profit” in her youth, the sanctuary wrote.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary tiger Delilah died at age 20. (photo courtesy Black Pine Animal Sanctuary)

Black Pine said Delilah lived a “quiet, private life” at the sanctuary.

“Rest In Peace, beautiful wildcat,” the sanctuary wrote. “You deserve to run free now.”

Black Pine said its Turkey Day event on Saturday would be dedicated to Delilah. Gifts can be made in her honor here.