Nimue, a 12-year-old lion at the Houston Zoo, died over the weekend.
Towards the end of June, an x-ray found bone fragments in her stomach after she began showing signs of gastrointestinal distress.
The lion was brought in for surgery to remove the fragments on July 1. Following the surgery, she was showing progress, she was separated from her pride in order to have space to heal.
However, on Saturday Nimue was found unexpectedly unresponsive after her incision had opened.
She was euthanized shortly afterward.
“It is never an easy decision to euthanize an animal, but it is one we make with the animal’s well-being as the top priority,” said Lisa Marie Avendano, Houston Zoo vice president of animal operations. “With world-class animal keepers, five incredible veterinarians, and a complete veterinary clinic, our animals receive the best care possible, and that includes end-of-life decisions.”
Nimue is survived by her two sisters, Uzima and Mattie, and a male lion, Hasani.