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Lion at Karachi Zoo dies after heart attack

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A lion at the Karachi Zoological Gardens died after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday. The feline, according to zoo officials, died after attaining its normal age.

According to details shared by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), the Asiatic lion died of heart failure at the city zoo. The District East administration and the Sindh Wildlife Department had seized two lions that were illegally brought to Karachi in 2017.

They were later shifted to an enclosure at the Karachi Zoo, which is under the administrative control of the KMC. The second of those two felines suffered a fatal heart attack. The reason for the heart attack, according to the post-mortem report, was fatty heart. “The lions were nearing the end of their normal life. One of them died in January 2018,” said a KMC official.

The post-mortem report said the presence of a large amount of fat in the arteries of the lion caused the heart attack. According to the KMC spokesman, the maximum age of a lion is 18 years.