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VIDEO: Hope Zoo finally gets lion seven years after Scrappy's death

The king is here!

Saturday, June 22, 2013    

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Seven years after the Hope Zoo lost its most iconic lion, Scrappy, excitement and anticipation of increased visitor numbers returned to the facility yesterday with the delivery of Lucas, a five-year-old African lion.

Lucas arrived in the island on Thursday, but his delivery to the zoo was delayed because of mandatory quarantine requirements.

Lucas was donated by Charlie Samut, an American who lives in California and who said he owned the animal from its birth.

Yesterday, the large cat, regarded as the 'king of the jungle', was the feature attraction at the zoo, which has been significantly upgraded by businessman Kenny Benjamin with great help from communications company Flow.

Here, Lucas rests in his enclosure after pacing around for some time.

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