Mumbai: Jimmy, a 16-year-old lioness in Jijamata Udyan, a zoo at Byculla in central Mumbai, died Monday after prolonged illness, an official said.
The African-Asiatic hybrid lioness, which was the only big cat in the zoo, had been removed from public display and shifted to the zoo hospital a couple of years back, after she suffered paralysis and osteoarthritis.
"We had shifted the lioness to the zoo hospital after she was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. In this condition, both her hind legs had stopped responding due to paralysis and osteoarthritis," Anil Anjankar, director of Jijamata Zoo told PTI.
Jimmy was born at the same zoo to African lion Amar and Asiatic lioness Anita on March 28, 1998, he added.
According to the official, it will be another year before a new lion is brought to the zoo.
"Lions, tigers and leopards are known to attract many visitors. We have got approval for an Asiatic lion. The layout is also ready, but that will take at least another year to come," he said.
Lions generally live for 15-20 years, Anjankar said.