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Living Desert jaguar dies after failing to recover from anesthesia

Magia on the right with one of her cubs. (Courtesy of the Living Desert)

Magia, a beloved female jaguar at the Living Desert, died from complications after a scheduled procedure, the zoo announced Friday.

“The team at The Living Desert is heartbroken over Magia’s passing. She was an incredible ambassador for her species,” said RoxAnna Breitigan, Director of Animal Care. “We do find comfort in the memories we have of her, knowing that her legacy lives on through her three cubs, and the amazing connections she had with guests.”

According to the zoo, Magia had successfully undergone a scheduled exam and eye procedure to help alleviate a chronic eye issue on Thursday. However, after the procedure, Magia had trouble recovering from the anesthesia.

"The veterinary and animal care team worked tirelessly to save her, but when they were unable to do so, the extremely difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her," reads a post by the Living Desert.

Zoo officials are not sure why Magia couldn't recover. The zoo is waiting for full necropsy results that will help answer those questions.

Magia was nearly 10 years old. She was born at Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. She made her way to the Living Desert in 2011 through a Species Survival Plan recommendation.

Drumroll please....! Our new jaguar has been named MAGIA (mah'-he'ah), a spanish word for "magic." Contest winner, Brody, age 6, wrote: "We should call her magic because she can disappear into the trees and when she sees her prey she pounces from out of no where. She magically appears.” Hello, Magia!

Posted by The Living Desert on Friday, April 1, 2011

She gave birth to two litters of cubs, two males in 2014, and one male in 2017.

Zoo officials say Magia was known for her sass and feisty attitude, as well as being an attentive and caring mother to her cubs.

The Living Desert invites you to share your messages of condolence and sympathy, as well as your fond memories as they mourn the loss of Magia. You can do so below on their official Facebook page.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved female jaguar, Magia....

Posted by The Living Desert on Friday, December 20, 2019
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