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Lioness grows 'exceptionally rare' mane


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An 18-year-old lioness at the Oklahoma City Zoo is puzzling zoologists after she mysteriously sprouted a mane.

In late 2017, caretakers noticed that Bridget the African lion, a "beloved" longtime resident of the Oklahoma City Zoo, began to grow the extra hair around her neck and head, Gretchen Cole, an associate veterinarian at the zoo, told ABC News.

"After a while, it became obvious to everybody that Bridget was developing something a little different," Cole said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/zoologists-puzzled-18-year-lioness-grows-exceptionally-rare/story?id=53283771

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Neat story. Bridget looks great! Its interesting after 18yrs she sprouts a mane? It must be a hormonal thing or something. Such beautiful animals 

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I've seen female goats with a smaller version of a goatee usually seen on males, but never a lioness with a mane.  Beautiful lioness though.

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Could be a lot of things, a tumor on her pituitary gland or one of her adrenal glands. An overabundance of testosterone in women can be caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

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Not sure why this is a mystery.  Obviously a medical issue causing hormonal imbalances.  Unusual but not unheard of in veterinary science.  *shrug*

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On ‎2‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 4:43 PM, third_eye said:

Transgender feline ...

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Maybe she'll change her name to "Bruce" or "Jenner"

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On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 4:07 AM, darkmoonlady said:

Could be a lot of things, a tumor on her pituitary gland or one of her adrenal glands. An overabundance of testosterone in women can be caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

The bearded lady of the old carny shows come to mind.

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On 2/25/2018 at 10:54 AM, Stiff said:

As long as she's healthy, that's the mane thing.

Underrated post. Needs more likes.

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So they're sure it's a natural occurrence and not someone spiking her food?

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Wonder if she identifies as a male now?

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Bridget? What kind of a name is that for a lion?

Sorry, it just does not seem apt.

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I wonder if she's been a resident of the zoo all her life.  Whatever the case they are taking very good care for her to reach 18.  Most lions/lionesses in the wild never reach that age.   Bridget is a pretty name for a pretty lioness.

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I've just found this, she's died.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An African lioness who stunned crowds at the Oklahoma City Zoo after she grew a small mane has died.

http://kfor.com/2018/04/05/oklahoma-city-zoo-officials-lioness-who-grew-small-mane-has-died/

 

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