Sadness at death of rescued Romanian lion at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
A lion rescued from horror conditions at a Romanian zoo has died after 10 years at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster.
Allis, the oldest of a pride of lions rescued from Romania in 2010, was put to sleep yesterday on welfare grounds.
In a statement, Yorkshire Wildlife Park said: “With a heavy heart, we are sad to announce the passing of Allis, our oldest rescued Romanian lion.
“Due to ongoing health issues the decision to put her to sleep on welfare grounds was taken by our dedicated veterinary team.”
Allis was among a pride of 13 lions brought to Doncaster for a better life after being found living in cramped conditions in a dilapidated Romanian zoo in 2010.
A fundraising appeal launched by Yorkshire Wildlife Park to bring them to Doncaster raised £150,000.
The lions had been due to be put down because the Romanian zoo could no longer afford to keep them.