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Lioness rescued from Joe Exotic’s Tiger King zoo undergoes surgery

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Lioness rescued from Joe Exotic’s Tiger King zoo undergoes surgery

Big CAT Scan! Chobe the Lioness rescued from Joe Exotic’s Tiger King zoo undergoes surgery near her new home in Oregon after suffering from an infected uterus caused by years of inbreeding

  • Chobe, five, was rescued from Tiger King Joe Exotic’s zoo in Oklahoma in 2018
  • Inbreeding has left her a ‘mismatch of genetics’ according to her new sanctuary 
  • A scan revealed she had a distended uterus caused by an infection on Monday
  • She had successful surgery at Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital  

A lioness who was rescued from Tiger King Joe Exotic’s zoo in 2018 underwent surgery after suffering from years of inbreeding.

Chobe was rescued from his Oklahoma facility in 2018 and now lives at the WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in Oregon.

Staff noticed the big cat was not eating and a scan revealed the feline had a distended uterus caused by an infection.

The five-year-old lioness had her uterus and ovaries removed by doctors at Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital on Monday.

Chobe the lioness, who was rescued from Tiger King Joe Exotic’s zoo in 2018, undergoes a CT scan before having surgery at Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital on Monday

The scan revealed the five-year-old lioness had a distended uterus caused by an infection

The scan revealed the five-year-old lioness had a distended uterus caused by an infection 

Oregon State University veterinarians perform surgery on Chobe similar to spaying a domestic cat

Oregon State University veterinarians perform surgery on Chobe similar to spaying a domestic cat

Chobe was rescued from Tiger King Joe Exotic's (pictured) zoo in Oklahoma. She is a 'mismatch of genetics' after years of inbreeding at the facility

Chobe was rescued from Tiger King Joe Exotic’s (pictured) zoo in Oklahoma. She is a ‘mismatch of genetics’ after years of inbreeding at the facility

Experts said it was essentially just like spaying a domestic cat but on a much larger scale.

Incredible photos show the veterinarians working on the massive creature, which is now in recovery.

Dr Katy Townsend, an associate professor of small animal surgery in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine who operated on Chobe said: ‘Essentially it’s just like doing a cat spay, but on a mega scale.

The lioness is described as a little stubby in appearance 'like a giant guinea pig' due to the inbreeding but a very sweet and expressive animal

The lioness is described as a little stubby in appearance ‘like a giant guinea pig’ due to the inbreeding but a very sweet and expressive animal

Vets fasten Chobe's paws to prepare her for surgery. 'Surgery went really well. We were able to cleanly get everything out in a short amount of time,' says Dr Katy Townsend

Vets fasten Chobe’s paws to prepare her for surgery. ‘Surgery went really well. We were able to cleanly get everything out in a short amount of time,’ says Dr Katy Townsend

Chobe is sedated while undergoing surgery to have her uterus and ovaries removed at Oregon State University

Chobe is sedated while undergoing surgery to have her uterus and ovaries removed at Oregon State University

Veterinarians place Chobe onto a CT scanner at Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital that revealed that she had a distended uterus on Monday

Veterinarians place Chobe onto a CT scanner at Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital that revealed that she had a distended uterus on Monday

‘Surgery went really well. We were able to cleanly get everything out in a short amount of time. We expect her to make a full recovery from this.’

Chobe was rescued in 2018 and now lives at the WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in Scotts Mills, Oregon.

The feline had a CT scan at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Sanctuary executive assistant Ian Ford said due to inbreeding at Joe Exotic’s facility, Chobe is a ‘mismatch of genetics’.

Chobe is scanned by veterinarians at Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Chobe is scanned by veterinarians at Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Oregon State University cates operate on Chobe to remove her uterus and ovaries on Monday

Oregon State University cates operate on Chobe to remove her uterus and ovaries on Monday

Vets load a sedated Chobe into Oregon State University's veterinary hospital from her cage

Vets load a sedated Chobe into Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital from her cage

He said she was a little stubby in appearance ‘like a giant guinea pig’ but a very sweet and expressive animal.

He said he was looking forward to seeing the lioness back to normal and added: ‘Just having her roll around in the grass with her buddy Kariba and back to getting her paws up in the air and just enjoying herself.

‘We’re hoping that this surgery is going to make sure that everything’s ok for her, and she can get back to just living her life in peace and happiness, which is the only thing that we want for all of our residents.’

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