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Mystery surrounds zoo lioness with a mane

By T.K. Randall
February 25, 2018 · Comment icon 18 comments

Before and after the hair started to grow. Image Credit: Facebook / Oklahoma City Zoo
Zoologists have been left puzzled by a female lion that has mysteriously sprouted mane-like head and neck hair.
The lioness in question, an 18-year-old named Bridget, is a resident of Oklahoma City Zoo. Her caretakers had started to notice the new hair growth at the end of last year.

Described as 'exceptionally rare', the unusual mane has generated quite a lot of interest among veterinary experts who have taken blood samples in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery.

"After a while, it became obvious to everybody that Bridget was developing something a little different," said associate veterinarian Gretchen Cole.
Some have speculated that the change could be hormonal in nature, however it is also possible that the lioness has a benign tumor growing on her adrenal or pituitary glands.

"Zoo veterinary staff will continue to monitor her closely, but this condition is not likely to affect Bridget's quality of life," the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.

"They report that, other than the extra hair, they see no change in her health status."

Source: ABC News | Comments (18)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mumbo Gumbo 5 years ago
So She's a cross dresser. Leave Her alone.
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Maybe she'll change her name to "Bruce" or "Jenner"
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
The bearded lady of the old carny shows come to mind.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Dark_Grey 5 years ago
Underrated post. Needs more likes.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mattacaster 5 years ago
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
So they're sure it's a natural occurrence and not someone spiking her food?
Comment icon #15 Posted by UFOwatcher 5 years ago
Wonder if she identifies as a male now?
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
Bridget? What kind of a name is that for a lion? Sorry, it just does not seem apt.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Brandy333 5 years ago
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.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
I've just found this, she's died.  

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