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.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
He’s seeking asylum in the Latin American country in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted for questioning on sexual assault charges.
Assange denies any wrongdoing and fears he will eventually be sent to the U.S. if he’s extradited to Sweden, because WikiLeaks released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.