21-year-old lion dies at Philly Zoo

A longtime resident of the Philadelphia Zoo has died.

The 21-year-old African Lion named Merlin was euthanized over the weekend due to respiratory complications.

Merlin was born at a zoo in South Africa in 1991 and came to Philly in 1993, where he was a favorite among visitors.

The lion lived past the typical life span for his species.

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