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White lion brought to Cincinnati Zoo in 1998 by Siegfried & Roy humanely euthanized

Posted: 6:14 PM, Jan 06, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-06 18:14:42-05
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CINCINNATI — A 22-year-old white lion was humanely euthanized at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Monday morning, according to the zoo.

Prosperity was brought to the Cincinnati Zoo in 1998 by famous entertainers/magicians Siegfried & Roy, the zoo said.

SIEGFRIED & ROY Cincinnati Zoo
Las Vegas entertainers Siegfried & Roy, Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, right, hold four baby white lions at the Cincinnati Zoo, Thursday, April 26, 2001, in Cincinnati. The four cubs were born April 1 to two white lions loaned to the Cincinnati Zoo in 1998 by Siegfried & Roy. The cubs will be on display this summer at the zoo. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

White lions have a median life expectancy of 16 years, according to the zoo, so Prosperity lived a very full life.

The zoo said the decision was made to humanely euthanize the lion after several months of monitoring her and recording a decrease in her mobility.

Prosperity lived at the zoo with her 18-year-old daughter Gracious, who remains in Cincinnati.

Since Gracious is considered geriatric for white lions, she will remain at her facility as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums does not recommend moving her to another facility to live with other lions.