Lioness Sienna, 11, of the Marsh pride had only recently given birth to a litter of cubs when she fell victim to a brutal attack at the Maasai Mara nature reserve in Kenya.
An altercation with a male buffalo and its powerful horns had left poor Sienna with a massive, deep gash on her left hind leg.
Twenty-four hours later her injury was called in, and staff at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust immediately sent in emergency vet Dr Njorobe, from Nairobi, as well as the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Upon identifying Sienna, the team saw that her wound could prove fatal if left untreated. Knowing that they had to operate as quickly as possible, the lioness was sedated with a tranquilliser dart.
Locked in a tense race against the clock, Dr Njorobe proceeded to thoroughly clean the wound with ointment before stitching it shut.
He then applied green clay to speed up the healing process, and administered long-lasting antibiotics in order to prevent any infection.
Thankfully, the op proved successful. Upon regaining consciousness, Sienna was allowed to return to her pride and care for her three cubs, who would’ve seriously struggled to survive the early stages of their lives without their mother.
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