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Reid Park lion felled by valley fever

A nearly two-year-old male lion at the Reid Park Zoo has died after suffering from valley fever and kidney disease, officials said. Baako was one of four live cubs born in December 2013 at the Tucson zoo.

"Our keeper staff and vet team has worked tirelessly" to care for the lion, said an afternoon Facebook post by the zoo.

Baako and three siblings — males Jelani and Sanjo and female Nayo — were born to mother Kaya and father Shombay two days before Christmas 2013.

Baako means "first-born child" in the Akan language of Western Africa.

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Two young males of the Reid Park pride in October 2014.

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