Wildlife Vets Treat A Lioness Who Was Gored By A Buffalo

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.