During the Las Vegas shows the cub was brought on stage in a limousine and fed from a silver platter.
It was determined her life would be better if she was raised with other cubs. In 1988 a private jet transported her to Cincinnati where she joined the zoo’s young males, Sunshine and Future.
“I had my doubts about her assimilating to a lifestyle in a zoo, but she got along fine and grew to love our boys,” Carpenter wrote. “As the lions grew together they became inseparable.”
Prosperity gave birth to four cubs while at the zoo. The three male cubs went to the Toledo Zoo. Her female cub, Gracious, now 18 years old, still lives at the Cincinnati Zoo.
“We will miss you, our most special of lions, you have been the best lion anyone could have hoped for,” Carpenter wrote. “I am most honored to have gotten to take care of you these many years.”