Zoo lioness given a helping hand after biting through her lip

Zoo lioness given a helping hand after biting through her lip

The zoo vet gets to work to free her lip

The experience didn't stop Kyra from tucking into her tea

First published in News

HIGH endangered Asiatic lioness Kyra, gave Dudley Zoo big cat keepers a fright when they noticed her bottom lip had become impaled on her tooth.

Assistant curator, Richard Brown, initially thought the six year-old lion had been stung by an insect when he first noticed her swollen mouth, but a closer examination revealed she had bitten through her lip.

Richard said: “I’m baffled as to how Kyra managed to do it, but we sorted her out when the zoo vet sedated her for a few minutes to allow us to free the lip from the lower canine. 

“I have been working with big cats for 12 years, and this is the first time I have come across such an incident.

“Thankfully, Kyra was fine afterwards and it certainly didn’t stop her from eating her supper that evening.”

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