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Lion humanely euthanized at The Buffalo Zoo due to deteriorating health conditions

Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 11:00:22-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Zoo announced its 18-year-old female lion Acacia was recently humanely euthanized due to deteriorating health conditions.

The zoo says Acacia had issues with her liver and spleen that could no longer be treated medically. She was born at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Mn. in 2002 and came to Buffalo in 2003 with her sister Shona.

"Along with her sister, Acacia lived mostly on the left side of the Buffalo Zoo's Big Cat exhibit. Guests will remember that both lions loved to sleep cuddled on the window ledge in their habitat," a post on the zoo's Facebook page says.

The zoo says Shona is adjusting to life without Acacia and the keepers are working hard to make sure she is kept active with enrichment and attention every day.