Elderly cheetah euthanized at Birmingham Zoo

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Zoo says it has euthanized its 18-year-old cheetah, which zoo officials say was the longest-living cheetah in captivity.

Zoo officials say Dolly, the zoo's only cheetah, was euthanized
because of declining health due to old age.

Katrina Cade, the zoo's vice president of marketing, says Dolly
had not been exhibited for two years but had been at the zoo since
she was 2.

Dolly was brought to Birmingham in 1993 from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

Zoo officials say they are continuing to look into the June 24
death of Jamie, the zoo's only silverback gorilla.

Two postmortem examinations have yet to determine a cause.


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