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Cincinnati Zoo lion euthanized due to health issues

Lion Future and his brother Sunshine (Provided photo) Lion Future and his brother Sunshine (Provided photo)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden announced Friday that one of their African white lions had to be put down due to health issues.

Zoo officials say the 17-year-old lion, named Future, has been unable to walk into his outdoor exhibit since late October and, recently, has struggled to walk at all.

"Future's ambulatory condition had deteriorated and his quality of life was a significant concern," said Mark Campbell, the zoo's director of animal health. "Euthanasia was the most humane course of action."

The average life span for lions in North American zoos is about 16.8 years. 

Future and his brother Sunshine came to the Cincinnati Zoo when they were cubs. They were loaned to the zoo permanently by entertainers Siegfried and Roy in 1998.

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