Yorkshire Wildlife Park, earn Doncaster has announced via social media the devastating news that a beloved African Lion has passed away.
A difficult decision was made to put Ares, who came to the park back in 2010, to sleep due to declining health. Our thoughts and feelings go out to everyone at the park and are saddened to hear the news.
Posting to social media, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of our beloved African Lion, Ares.
“After careful consideration and in light of his declining health, the dedicated team at Yorkshire Wildlife Park made the difficult decision to put Ares to sleep.
“Ares, who came to Yorkshire Wildlife Park with 12 other Lions as part of a remarkable rescue mission in 2010, holds a special place in the park’s history.
“Our hearts go out to the dedicated Animal Rangers who provided unwavering love and care to Ares on a daily basis, forming an unbreakable bond over the years.”
Since posting over 1k people have liked the post with people sharing their condolences and experiences with Ares. One person wrote: “So sad. We used to stand and watch him for ages.”
Another agreed writing: “He no doubt lived his best life in later years at the wonderful place you have created”
And a third wrote: “Ares had the best 13 years spent with you, Yorkshire Wildlife saved 12 lives in 2010,” which is just a beautiful way to look at it.
Sending everyone at the park our love. RIP Ares.
Feature Image Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park