Wildlife Vets Treat A Lioness Who Was Gored By A Buffalo

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Sometimes nature really is "red in tooth and claw," as Tennyson famously wrote. It's also red in horn, as this lioness found out recently.


The Africa Geographic blog reports that rangers discovered the female, who they know as Siena, with a nasty gore in her flank from a buffalo's horn. They quickly got in touch with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who arranged to fly a wildlife veterinarian from Nairobi to the Masai Mara, where the lioness and her pride live.

In some cases, authorities might decline to intervene, but the lioness was a mother to three young cubs, putting four lion lives at risk were the mother to die from her wounds. It took the vets approximately ninety minutes to stitch her up; luckily no bones were exposed, and all her organs remained intact. She was spotted again two days later and appeared to be recovering.


Head on over to Africa Geographic to read the entire story and see more photos of the veterinary procedure.

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She's a lucky girl —hopefully she will survive.

I get kind of annoyed sometimes when observers just sit by and let an animail die that they could otherwise help. Last night it was a baby Snow Monkey on "Nature" that was adopted by another female after her mother went missing. Liam Neeson was the narrator, and no one stepped in to help the little baby, which wasn't faring well, and then died as the camera just looked on and did nothing to help.

And now todat, this —but at least this time they stepped in to help. If she didn't have cubs though, they probably wouldn't have bothered, as the article points out.

People should be better than that, but all too often unfortunately, they're not.