A tiger living at a sanctuary in Texas has been declared as the world's oldest.



Guinness World Records have confirmed Bengali, who arrived at the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in 2000, is the oldest living tiger in captivity at the age of 25 years and 319 days.

The sanctuary said in a statement: "Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary seeks to provide a safe and secure environment for animals in need of rescue or rehabilitation while conserving endangered and threatened species.

"Typically, tigers live 15 to 20 years in captivity and only about 12 years in the wild. Our oldest resident, Bengali, has more than surpassed these expectations with her current age!"

Bengali doesn't have any cubs but is considered to be an important part of tiger conservation efforts by sanctuary staff members.

Officials said: "We are extremely honoured and very proud to know we have the oldest living tiger in captivity. We care deeply for every animal at Tiger Creek, and keeping Bengali healthy and happy for so many years is an incredible accomplishment for the sanctuary, our staff, and of course, our Bengali."