|Gaia ferret - 9.27.2004 - 1.31.2012|
In less personal news, one of the "Mane Attractions" at the Lincoln Park Zoo has also passed away. If you come in through the main gates to the zoo, one of the first exhibits you see is the outdoor lion habitat. And usually, sunning himself on a large rock in the middle of the exhibit would be the male lion, Adelor. He was put down yesterday due to very, very poor health. He was 18 years old. According to the news reports, most lions only make it to 14, the oldest captive lion was 26 when he died. It strikes me as odd that such a huge, strong animal should have such a short lifespan, especially in captivity where he isn't being preyed on.
Adelor had an extremely impressive roar. You could be at the other end of the park and hear him when he felt like letting you know he was around. If you were near the rail of the exhibit when he let loose, you could feel the vibrations of the sound go right through you.
Anyway, here's Adelon welcoming people to the zoo.
Rest in peace our beloved carnivores, big and small.