Beloved Perth Zoo lion Nel­son dies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

AF­TER be­ing un­well for some time, beloved Perth Zoo lion Nel­son has died.

Sup­port and con­do­lences for the big cat rolled in via Face­book af­ter Perth Zoo re­leased a state­ment to its page last week.

“A very tough day for us with the loss of our hand­some boy Nel­son the African lion,” the state­ment said.

“De­spite the best med­i­cal care, he had been un­well for some time with a se­ri­ous in­fec­tion and a poor prog­no­sis meant the hard de­ci­sion had to be made to end any suf­fer­ing.”

The av­er­age life ex­pectancy for a lion is about 12 years.

Nel­son was about a month short of his 14th birth­day.

The lion sleeps tonight: Nel­son, Perth Zoo’s lion, has died af­ter a long ill­ness.

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