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LR Zoo's oldest lion dies

By David Harten

This article was published January 10, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

Nyla, 20, the oldest lion at the Little Rock Zoo (shown here in June 2000), died Tuesday of liver cancer.

— Nyla, the Little Rock Zoo's oldest lion, has died. She was 20.

Zoo officials announced the lioness's death Thursday in a news release, stating that staff discovered her early Wednesday morning. Preliminarily necropsy results showed that she died of liver cancer.

Nyla was donated from Missouri's Dickerson Park Zoo in 2000 along with another female lion named Sydney. The lionesses began sharing their exhibit with a male lion, Bakari, in 2008.

“Nyla was a special lion and we will miss her dearly,” said Zoo Director Mike Blakely in the release.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 10, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.

Surely lions live linger than 20 years in the wild.

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Porkytuskadaro says... January 10, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.

Wiki (and other sources) seem to indicate they actually can live LONGER in captivity. Wiki : The average lifespan of a lion is about 16 years in the wild. In captivity they can live about 26 years".

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