ANIMALS

Sick Lion Gets Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer At A Private Hospital In South Africa

Date May 10, 2019

Most people associate cancer to a human disease only, but that is not true. Cancer is simply an abnormal growth of cells, and it can also occur in animals.

Sick Lion Gets Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer At A Private Hospital In South AfricaSick Lion Gets Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer At A Private Hospital In South AfricaLavysh Natallia / Shutterstock.com

A recent study revealed that animals can also develop skin cancer. According to the study, animals that are susceptible to sunburns such as elephants, pigs, warthogs, domestic cats, and dogs are at risk of melanoma.

Sunburns are caused by UV rays which damage cells in exposed skin. Luckily, good Samaritans are doing all they can to help affected animals, and this hospital in South Africa is an example.

The sick lion is treated

As reported by The Times, a 16-year-old lion diagnosed with skin cancer is receiving radiation therapy at a private hospital in South Africa.

The 570lb animal, named Chaos, was smuggled into the hospital through the back door to avoid frightening humans.

The animal was treated by a team of six staff members, consisting of five-strong radiotherapists and one oncologist. In a picture shared on social media, the sick creature was seen strapped down on a trolley and lying unconsciously.

This took place at Muelmed Mediclinic, in Pretoria, north-east South Africa.

According to his keeper, Kara Heynis, the therapy procedure was no walk in the park, but it was totally worth it. His first session of treatment lasted for only five minutes.

The poor creature, who lived at the Lory Park animal and owl Sanctuary, had lesions on his body which were then confirmed as cancerous through a biopsy.

Many internet users felt pity for the animal and were glad that someone was coming to his rescue.

@ElazaQuinn wrote:

"Poor thing!!!! Hope he gets better soon!"

@Nadia Louw Full commended:

"Amazing work."

Others found it appalling that such resources were wasted on an animal.

@Thembikosi Ngomane wrote:

"That thing it's an animal no matter how you treat it. People are dying out there."

Animals deserve to be treated well. Thumbs up to the Muelmed Mediclinic!

Ways to save lions

1. Education on the consequences of trophy hunting and retaliation killings;

2. Raising awareness on the advantages of conservation.

Sick Lion Gets Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer At A Private Hospital In South AfricaSick Lion Gets Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer At A Private Hospital In South AfricaSurkov Vladimir / Shutterstock.com

Animals are not less than humans, and shouldn't be treated as such! It's heartwarming to see that strides are being made concerning the health of animals. We need to emulate this act more!

We wish Chaos a safe recovery!

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