Heart failure kills lion
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.”