Juma became the second of two cheetah brothers lost to illness at the Phoenix Zoo. (Source: Phoenix Zoo)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The Phoenix Zoo has lost the second of two related cheetahs, the zoo announced Thursday.
Juma, a 9-year-old male, died Thursday from severe chronic renal disease, according to a news release from the zoo.
Zoo veterinarians had been monitoring Juma's health since he was diagnosed with kidney disease more than a year ago, according to the release.
Juma's brother, Ratel, died in January from myocardial fibrosis and heart failure.
Cheetah brothers often live together in what are known as coalitions, according to the release.
Zoo officials said they were looking into getting another cheetah and were working with the cheetah Species Survival Plan coordinator, but acquiring a cheetah can be a very long process, they said, and there was no estimate as to when the zoo might have cheetahs again.
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