It was health check-up time for our 16-year-old male lion Zulu recently. With the assistance of our specialist Carnivore keepers, our veterinary team was able to give him a full physical examination under general anaesthetic and take blood and urine samples for testing.
From eyes, ears, legs, hips, paws, claws and more, the physical is extremely thorough! It’s also an absolute privilege for our skilled staff, whose roles enable them to experience the full magnificence of these big cats during procedures like this.
“Being able to assist with physical examinations of animals in our care is amazing and not something we ever take for granted,” says Carnivore keeper Bianca Hamilton who helped coordinate the logistics of Zulu’s procedure with our veterinary staff.