Another sad death

March 26, 2011
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Juma, the Pittsburgh Zoo’s oldest lion, had to be put to sleep a few days ago.

He’d been unwell for a while with an assortment of problems, including liver disease, and things came to a head when he stopped eating.

Juma was one of the five oldest lions in the United States.

According to a news report, Sheba — his mate of 21 years — spent hours grooming him in the days before he died and has been missing him.

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