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KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab on Wednesday sought a report from the authorities over the death of a rare white lion kept in the Karachi Zoo.

According to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Spokesman Ali Hassan Sajid, the lion had been ill for the last 13 days and was suffering from Pulmonary TB. He added that despite the efforts of the veterinarians the lion could not recover and died due to his illness at 11:00AM on Wednesday.

The lion was between 14 to 15 years old and was brought to the Karachi Zoo from Africa in 2012.

A team of veterinarians performed an autopsy on the lion and collected details about illness and death. According to veterinarians, the lion also had pneumonia and the lion’s lungs had stopped working.

Administrator Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that he was saddened to learn of the death of the white lion.

“Strict disciplinary action will be taken against the zoo management if any negligence is found after the cause of death of the lion has come to light,” he said.

In 2012, a new glass enclosure was built on the occasion of the arrival so that the citizens visiting Karachi Zoo can see the lion.

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