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'Lionel' the lion dies at Los Angeles Zoo

A 23-year-old male lion was euthanized at the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday.

April 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 23-year-old male lion was euthanized at the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday.

"Lionel" had been in veterinary care for the past several months, according to the zoo, suffering neurological issues and incontinence. Staff decided the lion's quality of life was worsening and the decision to euthanize him was made. He was put down on Saturday.

Lionel came to live at the zoo in 1997. He was the only male lion at the zoo. He was 23 when he died, which is considered old for a lion. Lions in captivity live longer than those in the wild.

The zoo has one other lion, a 22-year-old female named "Cookie" that came to the zoo with Lionel in 1997.


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