Celesto was born at the Houston Zoo in 1990 to parents Bruno and Kili
who arrived at the zoo with a third lion, Lindi, after being confiscated by authorities
from a Kansas farm.
Earlier this week, at 22 years of age, Celesto passed away from kidney disease.
She was among the oldest lions in the country.
Lions in zoos generally live into their late teens.
Her health had been declining over the last few years.
Knowing that her time was limited,
the zoo started a successful search for young lionesses to be added to the lion family.
Jonathan has three girls to keep him company.
But, I'm sure, like us all -- he will miss Celesto.
Celesto was feisty and strong-willed.
Jonathan is the King, and Celesto was the Queen.
She ruled wisely and well.
A big thank you to Misty for hosting Camera Critters.