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Vic zoo says farewell to sick, ageing lion

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Rachel Gray

Melbourne zoo has just one elderly lion left after his brother developed a neurological disease.

Chaka, 15, was euthanised on Friday following a decline in his health during the week.

It comes three months after his brother Zuri was euthanased suffering the same age-related disease.

Their sole surviving brother, Harare, does not show any signs of it, the zoo says.

Veterinarian Sarah Firth says Chaka lost his hearing and eyesight and became withdrawn and unresponsive.

"We anticipated it wouldn't be long before he couldn't get up, and, after he has had such a good life, we didn't want him to experience that trauma" Dr Frith said in a statement on Friday.

Harare, Chaka and Zuri were born on New Years day in 2001.

An autopsy is expected to be carried out at Melbourne University's Werribee Veterinary Clinic on Friday.

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