Saving Samuni the Lion

Saving Samuni the Lion

Doctors discovered an enormous growth in an Israeli lion's body. See what they did to get it out.

With the outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, we wanted to share a story about Samuni, who lives in the Zoological Center in Ramat Gan — otherwise known as the Safari.

During a routine medical exam, a large growth was discovered in Samuni’s stomach. Initial tests were done, but the results were inconclusive. The  team of Israeli veterinarians decided to take out the growth.

Sagit Horowitz, Ramat Gan Safari spokesperson, told Israel 21c: “There was no doubt that we’d take care of Samuni even though it is extremely difficult to anesthetize a lion. We knew that we would do everything to save his life.”

Watch this fascinating clip about Samuni the lion’s surgery.

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