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4/6/2020 10:40:00 AM
Suburban Chicago zoo gets 2 lions named Brutus and Titus

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A zoo in suburban Chicago is getting two new lions named Brutus and Titus after the previous lions ones were euthanized, officials said.

Brookfield Zoo officials said they are 4-year-old male siblings that arrived from Hogle Zoo in Utah last month.

The previous lions were euthanized in January, one for age-related health issues and the other an injury believed to have been caused by a fall.

The zoo is currently closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, zoo officials are offering a sneak peak of the animals on the facility’s Facebook page.

“Before we had to close the zoo, guests were inquiring as to when we would be getting lions again following the devastating loss of our previous pair,” Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs, said in a statement. “We wanted to share some happy news during this trying time and are looking forward to when guests can visit the zoo to see Brutus and Titus.”

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