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Lion dies at Karachi zoo

He was 18 years old

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Jun 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago

Photo: AFP

An Asiatic lion died at the Karachi zoo after suffering a heart attack on Monday. He was 19 years old.

KMC Senior Director Culture Sports & Recreations Department Saif Abbas said that the lion had completed its lifespan. On average, lions in wild live until they are 16 years while those in captivity live for 18 years.

He shared that Raja was brought to the zoo in 2017. He was among two lions seized by the East deputy commissioner and Sindh Wildlife Department during a raid at a circus in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The other lion, Simba, had passed away in 2018 at the age of 13 years.

The post-mortem report shows that a huge quantity of fat had built up in the walls of his arteries.

Abbas remarked that the lion was fed properly at the zoo, adding that KMC takes proper care of all animals and birds.

On February 11, a man filed a constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court against the “criminal treatment” of animals at the Karachi zoo.

Animal activist Yahya Ahmed said that the “condition of animals being kept at the zoo was alarming and the lives of the creatures were at risk.”

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