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Bangladesh - January 29, 2022

Lion dies in Dhaka’s National Zoo

Staff Correspondent: A lion has died at the Bangladesh National Zoo located in the capital’s Mirpur area.
Zoo Curator Dr Abdul Latif confirmed the matter to yesterday.
Although the 12-year-old female, called Moni, died on January 25, the zoo authorities did not inform the media right away.
Latif said the autopsy report by the Central Veterinary Hospital showed that the lioness died from cardiac arrest. “She was 12 years old and had no diseases or symptoms that could be fatal. But animals dying from heart attacks is not unusual,” he added.
When asked why the matter had been kept under the wraps, he said it was the usual course of action. “We log it in our records, no need to gather the press for it.”
In 2016, four lions were brought from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park to the Mirpur zoo. Two of them were born at the safari park, while the rest had been brought from South Africa. The lioness Moni was born at the safari park.
Lions in captivity live to an average age of 25 years, while the life expectancy of a lion living in the wild is only 12-16 years, according to the National Geographic Society.

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