Amazing photos of savannah surgery on a lioness


As bad as this lioness looks now, she is going to survive her fight with a buffalo. She wouldn't have, if it weren't for veterinarians from the Kenya Wildlife Service. You can see photos from the hour-and-a-half surgery that repaired the gaping hole in the lioness' side at the Africa Geographic blog.

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  1. Buffalo A: Hey guys I killed a lion today!
    Buffalo B: Wow, congrats!
    Buffalo C: Wait a minute, you mean this lion?
    Buffalo A: Fucking humans.

  2. I like to imagine they stitched up the claw marks on the buffalo too, then sent both animals back out there for round 2.

  3. Miros says:

    If it were an injured male, there is a good chance you'd be correct. One of the other males - either already in the pride, or in the area - would likely challenge and unseat him from the pride.

    But, because it's a female, especially one with cubs, it's much less likely she'd get pushed out. The male would act to protect his cubs, and that means keeping the female around. The other females are more than likely either her sisters or half-sisters, and would similarly act to protect her.

    She'll not be able to properly hunt for the next while, but stitching her up and leaving her be is far less disruptive then moving her and her cubs off their territory, in the hopes of reintegrating them later.

    Source: Ex-safari guide.

  4. Treatment started in the afternoon when she was darted. Moments later a sub-adult lioness promptly sauntered up to Siena who was still standing while the drug was taking effect and pulled the dart out of her with her teeth.


  5. I'm sure the biologists and vets know what they're doing, and I really mean no offence here, but I'd trust their judgement in this situation over a random internet commenter.

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