Heart fail­ure kills lion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

PERTH Zoo has con­firmed that Man­dela the lion died from heart fail­ure dur­ing a den­tal pro­ce­dure last week.

Zoo spokes­woman Danielle Henry said the lion went into car­diac ar­rest dur­ing the “rou­tine pro­ce­dure.”

“The den­tal work fol­lowed on from a den­tal check ear­lier this year that re­vealed he had two frac­tured teeth; it was sup­posed to be a sta­ble pro­ce­dure,” she said.

“The ABC was film­ing it, Man­dela went into car­diac ar­rest and our emer­gency re­sponse team brought him back twice be­fore he passed.

“He was 15 years old, which is quite old and if he was in the wild then he wouldn’t be alive.

“We did a full health ex­am­i­na­tion while he was se­dated and it didn’t re­veal any prob­lems.” Perth Zoo lion Man­dela died dur­ing a rou­tine den­tal pro­ce­dure last week.

Ms Henry said the em­ploy­ees at the zoo were in mourn­ing over Man­dela’s death.

“This has come out of the blue for us,” Ms Henry said.

A post-mortem was per­formed on Tues­day.

Man­dela’s death fol­lows the loss of his brother Nel­son, which died of pneu­mo­nia in April.

“We just have the lioness Shinyanga left, she was born in 1999 so she’s a bit older than the other two,” she said.

“This has just hap­pened so we won’t rush to any de­ci­sion about what hap­pens with her.”

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