Once the star attraction of the Byculla zoo, Jimmy, the 16-year-old African-Asiatic hybrid, died early Monday morning at the Veer Jijamata Bhonsale Udyan zoo at Byculla.
Jimmy was taken off display from public view and confined to the zoo’s in-house quarantine area for several years as she is suffering from arthritis and paraplegia.
“She had begun walking around, but she succumbed to her disease this morning. The post-mortem will reveal the exact cause of death, said Dr Sanjay Tripathi, veterinarian and deputy superintendent of the zoo.
The last surviving big cat Jimmy was born at the zoo to an African lion Amar and Asiatic lioness Anita on March 28, 1998.