Manja Kani, the Zoo Negara lion that recently caught netizens' attention, is now said to be losing weight because he is too busy mating
Rosly also assured that this is a common problem among the lion species
"It was more noticeable in Manja Kani's case," he said.
"This is because the female refused to mate, while the male attempts to coerce her into mating."
During a press conference on Saturday, 13 June, Rosly assured that the lion is healthy and has produced several offspring with his companion Manja Ela in the past.
The zoo's management previously said that the lion appears skinny because they switched its diet from beef to chicken
Rosly told Bernama that the switch was made due to a lack of meat supply but Manja Kani proved to be "a bit fussier since the Movement Control Order (MCO)".
"During the MCO, we had a difficult time trying to obtain meat supply. It's not that we could not afford it, it's just that there were no suppliers who were able to bring in meat for us," he said.
However, he emphasised that the lion is in good health despite looking slightly thin.