ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 9-year-old male mountain lion has died at an Albuquerque zoo.
Officials at the ABQ BioPark Zoo say "Alfalfa" was under treatment and observation for a heart condition that was detected in an annual physical in March.
The mountain lion's condition started to deteriorate earlier in the week. He was started on daily medication to stabilize his condition, but died on Saturday.
A necropsy will be performed Sunday by a zoo veterinarian to determine the exact cause of death. Final results of the necropsy will take a couple of weeks.
Alfalfa came to the zoo in January 2002 with two siblings after being rescued as cubs by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Authorities say mountain Lions have a life span of 15 to 20 years in captivity.
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