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Philadelphia zoo euthanizes 25-year-old lion, believed to be the oldest held in US

This undated photo from the Philadelphia Zoo shows an African lion called Zenda in the zoo.

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PHILADELPHIA – An African lion is considered as the oldest held in an American zoo has euthanized.

The Philadelphia Zoo, says the 25-year-old big cat with the name Zenda recently experienced a severe decline in mobility and behavior. She was killed Thursday.

Zoo officials say Zenda was a popular and beloved animal. In the announcement of her death on Friday, the zoo noted that lions in zoos usually live for about 17 years.

Zenda was born at the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa in 1991. They arrived in Philadelphia two years later, together with three other lions.

The pride relocated temporarily to the Columbus Zoo in 2004, to return to Philadelphia for the opening of the Big Cat Falls exhibit in 2006.

The Philadelphia Zoo has six other African lions.

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