Bella and Simba are LWC’s resident lions, both of whom had very rough starts to life. Bella came from a zoo in Romania where she was kept in horrendous conditions and Simba was a travelling circus lion in France and lived in a trailer. Both of them were rescued by Born Free, and sent them to LWC to live out their days in a large, natural enclosure under the cover of the African sun.
Though their troubled pasts are now well and truly behind them, the repercussions on their health status from this past mistreatment are ongoing and the team at LWC are constantly trying their best to make them as comfortable as possible.
Born Free recently sent out one of their top veterinary consultants to give the two of them full health checks to establish a treatment plan, and I was assigned to take photos to document the procedures and equipment that was borrowed for the occasion. They both endured full days under anaesthesia where their general body condition was checked, x-rays were taken and Simba also underwent an endoscopy. It was a tiring two days but incredibly exciting to be able to witness.
The health issues monitored and advised upon included arthritis, bone deformities and pneumonia but our experts have a full plan in place for the two of them and will continue to provide them with first class care so that they can live a happy life here in Malawi.