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UK’s oldest tiger dies in Lincolnshire

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The UK’s oldest tiger, who lived at a Lincolnshire wildlife park, has sadly died at 22-years-old.

Tango, who grew up in the European circus, spent his final days at Woodside Wildlife Park east of Lincoln.

The tiger was rescued from the circus two and a half years ago and spent the rest of his time at the park.

Photo: Ashleigh Ruston

Photo: Ashleigh Ruston

In a statement on Facebook, a spokesperson for Woodside Wildlife Park said: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing away of Tango the tiger.

“Tango was Britain’s oldest tiger at the age of 22 and has been at Woodside for a happy, peaceful two and a half year retirement following his rescue from a European circus.

“RIP Tango.”

Photo: Ashleigh Ruston

Photo: Ashleigh Ruston

Many visitors to the park were saddened by the death of Tango and have described him as a “beautiful boy.”

Hayley Roberts in a comment on Facebook said: “My little boy came to woodside on a school trip and all he could talk about was tango and how he used to be in the circus.

“He loved Tango. RIP”

Kirsty Thompson also commented: “RIP Tango, met you last year when we came up to Lincolnshire on holiday.

“So sad you only had a short time having a comfortable life but glad you got to know some happiness before your time was up.

“Run free now.”