Rescued wildlife park lion dies

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One of the famous Yorkshire Wildlife Park lions rescued from a run down zoo in Romania has died.

Cezar had been in declining health for several months with increasing joint and mobility problems related to age and potentially to his hard life in Romania before he was rescued.

The decision was taken today by a team of vets in conjunction with the Directors, animal staff and the Park’s Ethics Committee at the Park to put Cezar to sleep on welfare grounds.

It was the plight of 15-year-old Cezar in particular and his family who were living in appalling conditions in run down Oradea Zoo that was highlighted in 2009 – 2010.

His story moved thousands of people to donate over £150,000 to bring Cezar and 12 other lions back to the purpose built Lion Country at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The 13 lions arrived at the Park in 2010 and were slowly rehabilitated into their new home under much veterinary care and careful husbandry by Park staff.

The lions regained their health and strength and enjoyed life in Lion Country at the Doncaster park.

Cezar enjoyed life with his mate Allis and his sons Ares and Adel, until recently when his health started to affect his quality of life.

There are now 11 Lions in Lion Country at the park,