Emporia Zoo Mountain Lion Undergoing Treatment

Sampson the mountain lion (David Traylor Zoo photo via KVOE)
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EMPORIA, Kan. (KVOE) - A popular resident at Emporia's David Traylor Zoo is off-limits for visitors right now.

Zoo officials told KVOE Radio Monday that Sampson the mountain lion has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and severe osteo-arthritis. The latter condition is affecting his hips and back legs.

He's off-exhibit while he gets used to new medications.

Sampson is 16-years old and has lived at Emporia's zoo since he was about five-months old.

Zoo officials say the normal life expectancy for a mountain lion in captivity is 14 to 20 years.