A 15-year-old Memphis-native cheetah named Sasha was put to death this past weekend at her home at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fla. Sasha had been in failing health, and 15 years is at the top end of the big cats' usual life expectancy. From AP via The Miami Herald:
Sasha was born in 1996 at the Memphis Zoological Garden and Aquarium. She was relocated to White Oak Conservation Center near Jacksonville before coming to the Brevard Zoo in February 2010. Officials say she was the star of the cheetah exhibit in Expedition Africa.