Staff at Newquay Zoo are sad to confirm that Charlie, the much beloved African lion, has passed away.

Animal Collection Manager John Meek said; ‘‘Charlie joined us in 2009 from Longleat Safari Park, where he had spent many years as head of a pride. We offered him a place to retire, by the sea, with his sister Connie. He has spent the last three years with us as a healthy and happy lion – however recently his health took a turn for the worst. He had a heart condition, amongst other medical complications, and on the advice of our trusted vet we made the difficult decision to euthanise him before his pain got too great.’’

Charlie had reached the grand old age of 14, which is a good age for a male African lion. In the wild, they can live for up to 12 years, in captivity slightly longer. His sister Connie receives regular health checks, and she is currently showing no health problems.

‘‘Connie is doing well, however as lions are pride animals we will look to find her a companion in the near future’’ John added.

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