The SF Zoo’s lion pride is slightly diminished this week, after the passing of their eldest male lion, Tunya.
The Chron reported on (the pictures are pretty great) a back surgery Tunya underwent to repair a pinched nerve in 2002.
“On a typical day,” the paper reported, Tunya ate “8 pounds of horsemeat for dinner” and “has sex 20 times a day.”
According to the SF Zoo’s Facebook page, Tunya “had been dealing with several health-related issues for a long period of time which progressed rapidly in the last few weeks of his life,” and was euthanized on January 23, just three days shy of what would have been his 15th birthday.
“Tunya and his recognizable roar will be greatly missed,” the Zoo said.