A new dental certificate for the tiger owner of a California town was “deadly” because the animal’s teeth were missing, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife official.
A statement from the department said in a statement that a tiger owner found dead in his home on Monday was euthanized due to a lack of dental work, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“Dental records are not required for most exotic animals.
However, in this case, we believe the owner may have had difficulty identifying the tiger,” the statement read.
“The owner’s death was ruled an accident.
The cause of death was determined as undetermined.”
The statement said the owner’s name has not been released, but officials said the animal died of a cardiac arrest.
Officials said the death is being investigated as an accident, but no further details were available.