Today we have said a fond farewell to one of our pride – our elderly female lion Sheeka.
Close to 19 years old, Sheeka had age-related health conditions including arthritis, kidney and other internal organ issues. She had also lost condition and had noticeably slowed down over the past few weeks, particularly in recent days.
This morning the Zoo’s veterinary team in collaboration with the Zoo’s specialist Carnivore keepers who care for Sheeka, made the tough, but kindest call, to euthanise her.
The Zoo’s Carnivore team say their ‘cheeky Sheeky’, was a lion like no other with a lovely nature and an insatiable appetite, who had a wonderful playful relationship with the pride’s dominant female Kura, who really took Sheeka under her wing when she arrived here in 1999.