Boris, the Dallas Zoo's only lion, dies at 17
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Zoo officials say Boris, a 415-pound
African lion, has died.
The 17-year-old animal died yesterday. He was the only lion at
X-rays showed multiple growth's in the lion's chest cavity, and
the zoo's veterinary staff spotted what they think was a large
cancerous mass pressing against his stomach and lungs.
A necropsy will determine the official cause of death.
Boris was born at the Houston Zoo in June 1990 and moved to the
Dallas Zoo in 1997. Lions live an average of 15 years in the wild.
The zoo plans to show lions in the future but have no immediate
plans to replace Boris.
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