Bratislava zoo's new pride is called Samba

This 11-year-old lion replaces male who died one year ago.

Samba the lion is a new inhabitant of the Bratislava zoo.Samba the lion is a new inhabitant of the Bratislava zoo. (Source: Sme)

After a year without a male lion, Bratislava zoo finally has a replacement.

The zoo had been without a male lion since the death of Haldir, an 18-year-old lion, who had to be put down after it was found he had cancer.

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Eleven-year-old Samba, who like his predecessor is a South African lion, arrived at the zoo from Hodonín zoo in the Czech Republic last week.

Handlers at his former zoo described how they manged to get the 196-kilogram animal, who was gifted to Bratislava zoo, ready for the journey to his new home.

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"We tried for several days to get him into the crate," Hodonín Zoo spokesperson Ivo Cencinger said. "In the end I managed to lure him into it with a piece of meat - he climbed into the box without any problems in about ten minutes."

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