“We had to help Nara, a young 3-year-old lioness, into her final sleep,” the Veresegyházi Bear Sanctuary website says.
Nara was already known to have certain abnormalities due to inbreeding. Nara and Nolen were born out of the marriage of a pair of siblings, which had a negative impact on their development. Until this summer, this had not caused any major health problems for Nara.
The first signs appeared at the end of June and surgery became necessary after the diagnosis was determined. However, this was not carried out because, despite constant veterinary care and medication, the lion’s condition continued to deteriorate and he could not have withstood the severe stress of surgery. On the advice of the veterinary team, the sanctuary therefore decided to permanently euthanise Nara.
Nara was very popular with the general public. She was brought to the shelter at the age of five weeks and bottle-fed by the keepers.
“She waited until the last minute to be pampered by her caretakers, so it’s difficult and poignant to say goodbye.”
– they wrote on their website.