WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A sad start to the New Year for the Cameron Park Zoo staff as they had to say goodbye to long-term resident, Paso, the mountain lion.
Paso died Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Paso was born in 2001 and rescued by the California Fish and Game Service, then sent to Cameron Park Zoo in 2003 with her sister Robles, because they were unable to be released back into the wild.
She and her sister were the first large mammals acquired for the Brazos River Country expansion which opened in 2005.
Paso died of pneumonia, but final results from the necropsy are pending.
The average lifespan for mountain lions is 8-10 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
Cameron Park Zoo opened in 1993 and many of the animals have been here since the zoo opened and are approaching the end of their lifespans.
Zoo officials say special care is taken with these aging animals.
They are usually on special diets and receive routine medical care and nutritional supplements to help keep them as healthy and comfortable as possible as they age.