Critical Care: Israeli Vets Remove Tumor from African Lion

Staff at the Ramat Gan Safari conducted tumor-removal surgery on Samouni, an eight year-old African lion on Wednesday, in a special operation caught on film. 

The lion's trainers noticed swelling in Samouni's abdomen recently and was diagnosed after an emergency biopsy. 

Safari animal veterinarian Dr. Yigal Horowitz performed the two-hour operation, and the lion is expected to be up and back on his feet by Thursday. 

In the meantime, the tennis-ball-sized tumor is being analyzed to determine whether it is benign or malignant – a diagnosis that could have great ramifications for the leader of the pack. 


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