Costa Rica’s only lion, Kivú, whose treatment and living conditions caused vigorous public debate for years, passed away Friday at 10 p.m.
The Ministry of the Environment and Energy announced his death Saturday night, calling Kivú “one of Costa Rica’s most beloved animals.”
The lion died from complications related to kidney disease, MINAE stated in a Facebook post. The condition was detected late last year but worsened over recent weeks, and he stopped eating last week.
The Ministry also

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