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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say an African lion that died at the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina suffered from encephalitis caused by a fungal infection.

The lion, called Sahar, died Sept. 27.

Zoo officials announced Thursday that a necropsy performed at Kansas State University found the infection caused lesions on the lion's brain and a lung. It said Sahar had no outward signs of illness until the day before his death. The fungus is not contagious.

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The Salina Journal reports Sahar was born in January 2010 at the Bronx Zoo/ Wildlife Conservation Society. He was moved to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago in 2012 along with 5-year-old litter mates, Kamali and Zalika. The three lions moved to the Salina zoo in June.

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