Tributes Pour in for Lion Saied, Euthanized at Greenville Zoo

African Lion at Greenville Zoo succumbs to health complications

African Lion Saied, who was 15 years old and had been receiving treatment for a degenerative joint disease and spinal neurological problem at the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina, has been euthanized this morning after his condition worsened. The zoo staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him after consulting with veterinarians.

Saied had arrived at the Greenville Zoo with his brother Chuma from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia in 2010. He was considered the dominant male of the pair. Zoo officials expressed their sadness over Saied’s passing and announced that they will be closely monitoring Chuma as he adjusts to life without his brother. Plans are being made for a remembrance event for Saied at the zoo.

The Greenville Zoo asked for understanding as they continue to gather more information about Saied’s death and focus on ensuring the well-being of the animals in their care. They appreciated the community’s support during this challenging period, and updates on any future plans for honoring Saied will be shared with the public as they become available.

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