Quentin passes away at Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough

15-year-old Sichuan takin was suffering from severe arthritis

A Sichuan takin, the Riverview Park and Zoo acquired Quentin in the spring of 2014 from the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg. The zoo announced the death of Quentin on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo / Facebook)
A Sichuan takin, the Riverview Park and Zoo acquired Quentin in the spring of 2014 from the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg. The zoo announced the death of Quentin on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo / Facebook)

The Riverview Park and Zoo has announced the death of Quentin, a male Sichuan takin, at 15 years old.

“With his gentle nature and enigmatic appearance, Quentin was very popular with our visitors,” writes the zoo in a media release. “The first of our Sichuan takin, he came to Riverview in the spring of 2014 from the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg.”

According to the zoo, Quentin was suffering from severe metacarpal osteoarthritis for more than a year. Despite treatment, his health and mobility deteriorated significantly and he was no longer responding to medication.

Quentin was humanely euthanized after suffering from severe arthritis that left him unable  to stand or walk, except for short periods. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo / Facebook)
Quentin was humanely euthanized after suffering from severe arthritis that left him unable to stand or walk, except for short periods. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo / Facebook)

The degenerative arthritis left Quenin unable to stand or walk, except for short periods. The zoo’s consulting veterinarian humanely euthanized Quentin this morning (May 14).

The Sichuan takin is a large goat antelope native to Tibet and the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu, and Xinjiang in the People’s Republic of China. Both males and females have thick and curled horns that extend back above the head.

The species’ thick blonde coat is thought to have inspired the Greek legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece.

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