A lion is receiving radiation therapy for skin cancer lesions on his nose
A lion named Chaos is receiving radiation therapy for skin cancer lesions on his nose at Muelmed Mediclinic in Pretoria, north-east South Africa.
Chaos was treated by one oncologist and a five-strong team of radiotherapists, as there are no radiotherapy facilities in South Africa.
The 16-year-old lion was unconscious and strapped face down on a trolley at the Muelmed Mediclinic, in Pretoria, north-east South Africa, as he was brought in to treat lesions on his nose.
His keeper, Kara Heynis said “the treatment was expensive but absolutely worth it. He is like our child so we will do anything we need for him”.
Chaos was hand raised from a couple of days old at the Lory Park creature and owl haven, 18 miles south of Pretoria, and has lived there from that point onward.
Hanri Reynolds, Radiation Specialist said “We are registered zoological facility so he was accompanied at all times and had all the necessary permits. We started the whole process of transporting him to the hospital at 10:30 and returned back home at 13:15. There were no other human patients around while he was treated and he came to the hospital through a back door”.
The lion will undergo a total of four radiation treatments at the hospital. The average life expectancy for lions is 14 in the wild and around 22 in captivity.
Animals without hair or fur such as warthogs, elephants, hippos are most susceptible to skin cancer.
Up to 12,000 animals, a year are bred on around 200 farms, in an industry that has been referred to as the ‘snuggle scam‘ according to a report by HIS.