Akron Zoo mourns passing of 18-year-old jaguar after battling breast cancer

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AKRON, Ohio (WJW) -- The Akron Zoo is mourning the death  of its female jaguar.

Naom (Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

The zoo said it made the decision to euthanize Naom because her health recently declined and she was dealing with complications from cancer.

The jaguar was diagnosed with mammary cancer in August when her care team noticed a mass on her abdomen. According to the Akron Zoo, surgery was not in her best interest because of her age and the size of the tumor.

Noam was born at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans in February 2001 and arrived at the Akron Zoo in May 2002.

The media life expectancy for jaguars is 18 years.

Naom's daughter, Bella, remains in the jaguar habitat at the Akron Zoo when weather permits.

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