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Bentley the lion dies at Henderson Lion Ranch Habitat

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A lion that got here to the Lion Habitat Ranch from the unique lion exhibit at the MGM Grand Hotel has died.

“Bentley,” a 16-year-old male lion, had been torpid and the ranch’s veterinarian had decided that he was anemic. But a analysis of aplastic anemia, most cancers and leukemia didn’t come till after Bentley died.

Keith Evans, president of Lion Habitat Ranch, Inc., confirmed Bentley’s loss of life over the cellphone on Tuesday.

“He was the first lion you saw when entering the ranch. He would sit on the back of the Land Rover so guests could take pictures with him,” Evans mentioned. “His brother Swifty is now in that location.”

According to a Facebook put up by the ranch, “Our entire team is heartbroken by the loss of Bentley.”

Bentley at the Lion Habitat Ranch. (Courtesy, Lion Habitat Ranch, Inc.)

At 16 years, Bentley was “geriatric,” based on the ranch. He was one among the lions that got here from the MGM Hotel when the exhibit was shut down at the finish of 2011. The $9 million exhibit was a well-liked vacationer attraction on the Strip that had 20 lions that have been in a rotation for public view.

“Lions in human care can live to their late teens and early twenties. Lions in the wild are lucky to live into their early teens.”

The ranch posted: “We empathize with the many of you who had wonderful memories and moments with Bentley. Bentley will continue to hold a special place in all of our hearts and we thank you all for your continued support.”

The ranch is at 382 Bruner Ave. in Henderson, simply east of St. Rose Parkway and Interstate 15.

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