MADISON (WKOW) -- Henry Vilas Zoo has announced a long-term zoo resident has passed away.
Henry, the zoo's 18-year-old African lion, had late stage renal failure.
Henry has been in Madison since 1997. His long-time mate Vilas died in 2012. The couple were the first residents of Henry Vilas Zoo's newly renovated Big Cat Exhibit. The two have raised eight cubs who have been sent on to other zoos.
Experts say life expectancy for African lions in zoos is 16.8 years. The zoo says although Henry lived a long life at Henry Vilas Zoo, it recently became apparent to zoo staff that his quality of life was diminishing. Henry was euthanized on Wednesday.
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