It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our city’s beloved Snow Leopard, Lexie. She was found in her building by her keeper on Saturday morning, February 29th. The Zoo’s Veterinarian was called to the scene immediately but found Lexie had passed in her sleep during the night. We were shocked as there were no clinical signs or changes in her behavior leading up to her untimely death. Lexie was no spring chicken at the age of 16, however the vet had observed healthy body condition, excellent teeth, and well-maintained claws. Lexie was then immediately sent to UPEI for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death, however preliminary tests showed no abnormalities or obvious cause of death, therefore further tests are being performed. We expect results within 2-3 weeks.
The staff mourns the loss of Lexie, as she was deeply loved by her keepers and had built a particularity special bond with us over the last year. She trusted us to start taking food from tongs, allowing keepers to get a closer look at her physical condition and to be able to administer medication as needed. She began greeting us inside her building and would play with us during evenings and early mornings.
Lexie did not only impact our lives as keepers, she touched many visitors, volunteers and former staff over her 14 years living in Saint John. Please post stories and photos of our precious Snow Leopard in the comments so we can immortalize her in the best way we can. Also, if you get a chance to visit us this week during the March Break, please feel free to bring in a card or a letter expressing your love or memory of her.
In Lexie’s memory, hold your fur babies a little tighter tonight, be grateful for each moment we have together, and live each day as the gift it truly is.