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Lion dies at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee County Zoo announced Friday that Themba the lion has died. Photo courtesy Milwaukee County Zoo via WISN.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Themba, a lion at the Milwaukee County Zoo has died.

"We are heartbroken to share that we had to say goodbye to Themba. In recent weeks, he was experiencing health issues consistent with older lions," read a post on the zoo's Facebook page.

Themba would have been 17 in July.

He sired three offspring, two males and one female, according to the zooe.

He was affectionately known as “Chunky” and was a majestic and strong presence among the other felines.

His care team reports that he had a good quality of life until the end.

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