The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
is mourning the loss of Scruffy, the 20-year-old Canada Lynx.
Scruffy first arrived at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in February 1993, from SUNY ESF.
His mother was part of the Lynx restoration project and was pregnant with him and his two brothers when she was trapped for relocation. All three brothers came to the zoo together at the age of almost three years old.
Scruffy’s brother Gimmy passed away in 2007 due to Cancer, and his other brother, Missing passed in 2008 due to End Stage Renal Failure.
Scruffy was euthanized December 7, 2010 when it was determined he also suffered from End Stage Renal Failure, a common condition in older cats, both domestic and wild. This condition is not curable and any treatment, such as dialysis, is uncomfortable for the animal and only serves to prolong the animal’s life.