White lion from Vegas act dies during surgery

2015-06-27 22:55
Two white lions. (The global white lion protection trust, Supplied)

Two white lions. (The global white lion protection trust, Supplied)

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Toledo - A white lion on loan from the Siegfried & Roy animal and magic act has died after undergoing a medical procedure at the Toledo Zoo.

Zoo officials announced on Friday that 14-year-old Legend died after being immobilised for an hour to allow veterinarians to treat problems with one of its paws.

Legend went into cardiac and respiratory arrest after being removed from anaesthesia.

A zoo veterinarian says in a statement that while there are risks whenever anaesthesia is administered, the procedure was necessary for Legend's quality of life. A necropsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.

The zoo has one other white lion, Legend's 14-year-old brother Courage. The pair came to the zoo in 2003.

A white lion named Wisdom died during surgery at the zoo in 2013.

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