As bad as this lioness looks now, she is going to survive her fight with a buffalo. She wouldn’t have, if it weren’t for veterinarians from the Kenya Wildlife Service. You can see photos from the hour-and-a-half surgery that repaired the gaping hole in the lioness’ side at the Africa Geographic blog.
She had 3 young cubs also. So 4 lives were at stake. Simply amazing surgery in the field.
UPDATE: Here is the latest on Sienna. It appears that while not exactly 100% effective, the intervention has allowed the lioness to do well enough for her body to make great strides in healing.