Sheba the Lioness Dies at North Carolina Sanctuary Due to Extreme Temperature Rise Across the US (See Pictures)
Lioness dies due to overheating in North Carolina (Photo Credits: Carolina Tiger Rescue Facebook)

A lioness at a North Carolina animal sanctuary died due to overheating last weekend. According to the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, Sheba, the lioness suffered liver and kidney damage as temperatures soar to 37 degree Celsius. While staff members tried their best to save the 17-year-old animal, they couldn't. The lioness was given IV fluids and other supplemental therapies, however, it did not work. Lion Cub Naming Contest is Being Hosted by Naples Zoo in Florida And Lucky Winner Will Get a Prize.

The sanctuary in a Facebook post on Tuesday said that "despite the quick reaction from the staff to get in with her and get her cooled down, her liver and kidneys were unable to recover". Sheba arrived at the sanctuary from Texas. Following the death of Sheba, the sanctuary in a statement says, "Sheba will forever be remembered as the matriarch of the pride of three that came to us from Texas. She always kept Sebastian and Tarzan in line and was the first to work out new enrichment items." Lioness Runs into Crowd in Gujarat's Porbandar; Scary Video Goes Viral.

The statement continued, 'her confidence and leadership were seen the moment she stepped into Quarantine on her first day. Rather than being worried about the new people, she felt the need to walk around and check out everything about her new space. It adds, "She walked the perimeter, stood on her hind feet and looked at the roof, and sniffed every corner. Sheba will also stand out to me as the epitome of what it means to be a lion – strong, confident, and smart. Her presence will be greatly missed in the sanctuary, but most especially on Oak Hill." Man Strokes Caged Lion in South Africa, Lioness Attacks Him; Horrifying Video Goes Viral.

Here is Carolina Tiger Rescue's Facebook Post on the Lionness Sheba:

The non-profit on their website says that they work to protect big cats in the wild and in captivity. They also take care of confiscated, abandoned or those in need of a new home. Sheba was earlier in a cub-petting practice wherein cubs are taken at birth for monetary purposes. The Central United States and the East Coast have been experiencing scorching heatwave with rising temperatures.