The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, one of the nation’s leading liberal voices, said Monday that he will not seek re-election next year.
Frank, who’s served in the House of Representatives since 1980, was one of the first lawmakers to announce that he’s homosexual. Last year he co-authored and helped pass the Dodd-Frank law to overhaul the U.S. financial system.
Massachusetts recently redrew its legislative districts, due to new census data. And the Boston Globe reports that the 71 year-old Congressman was worried about how he would fare in a new district.