Cape May County zoo euthanizes lion

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — Cape May County Park and Zoo officials have euthanized the zoo's 16-year-old male lion Brutu because his health was deteriorating.

The lion began having age-related arthritis with his hind legs during the winter and an MRI revealed he also had spinal cord issues.

Associate veterinarian Alexander Ernst tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1k6B5Wt ) that the compressed spinal cord continued to affect Brutu's coordination and stability. Ernst says it was clear the condition was not going to get better.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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