Lion with Gin trap injury shares chopper ride with Dr Joao
This was a young male Lion that had a tracking collar fitted, so Dr. Joao was able to fly directly to its location and dart him from the air.
The patient was in a very remote location where monitoring for security and post treatment recovery would be near impossible, furthermore without the support of a Pride, this young male would need extra care during his healing, so he was flown in the back seat of the helicopter to a holding enclosure (Boma) 25km away.
Once at the Boma, Dr Joao operated on the big cat in the back of the 4X4, surgically amputating 4 toes, leaving him with 1 claw on the effected paw. Despite the severity of the gin trap damage, the prognosis for recovery is good.
With the support of our donors, this mission was a triumph! Dr Joao was able to treat this Lion and the 2 from the previous post, he is confident that they should all be able to hunt, live and breed successfully.
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