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Alonso an Asian tiger has just celebrated his 20th birthday in the Benidorm Zoo, Terra Natura.    

Asian tigers normally have a life span of 12-15 years in the wild although there have been cases in captivity where these tigers have lived to 25 years.

Alonso has resided in the park since 2015 and has overcome many difficulties during his life.  He was the first tiger to be successfully operated on to remove a tumour located on the inside of his right eyelid in 2016.  It took 10 members of staff including veterinary surgeons and keepers to move him to the operating theatre.  

Alonso joins the list of animals living to a ripe old age in Terra Natura.   Currently, there is Petita, an Asian elephant who will be 50 years old next August, Momo another elephant who will celebrate her 40th birthday, and the Capuchin Monkey Mari who is now 38 years old. 

To celebrate his birthday staff hid gift-wrapped parcels of meat to stimulate his curiosity and sense of smell. 

Happy Birthday, Alonso!