Britain's oldest tiger, star of Esso TV ads, dies aged 22
Tango was made famous when he was one of seven tigers who featured in Esso’s ‘put a tiger in your tank’ adverts in the 1990s.
Since 2014 he has been living at Woodside Wildlife Park in Lincolnshire where he passed away peacefully on Saturday.
A statement from the park posted on Facebook said: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing away of Tango the tiger.
“Tango was Britain’s oldest tiger at the age of 22 and has been at Woodside for a happy, peaceful two and a half year retirement following his rescue from a European circus.
“We would be really happy if you would share your pictures of Tango and celebrate his life.
After the adverts ended in the 1990s Tango was sold to a German circus which mistreated him.
He and his partner Julia, eight, were due to be put down in Belgium until the wildlife park raised £250,000 and brought them to the UK in 2014.
Since then he has enjoyed a peaceful existence as one of the park’s chief attractions.
Within a couple of hours of sharing the news on Facebook the wildlife park was inundated with messages of condolence from members of the public.
Katrina Robinson wrote: “That’s such sad news, we only saw him on Thursday, RIP Tango, he had a great few years at Woodside well done to you all for making his last years the best.”
Claire Bolton wrote: “RIP Tango. At least you spent the last part of your life being looked after well, and loved by all who saw you. Beautiful boy.”
Shelia Jack wrote: “Sad news. Thank you for looking after him.”
Tigers usually live to the age of 16 and the oldest known tiger lived to be 24.