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Mystery surrounds zoo lioness with a mane

Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2018 | Comment icon 11 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 (11)

Tags: Lion

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by TonopahRick on 25 February, 2018, 15:39
I've seen female deer with antlers which is odd as well. This is usually due to hormonal issues.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff on 25 February, 2018, 17:54
As long as she's healthy, that's the mane thing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 25 February, 2018, 21:43
Transgender feline ... ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by Brandy333 on 26 February, 2018, 3:37
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by oldrover on 26 February, 2018, 5:41
Bit of an awkward silence there.
Comment icon #7 Posted by darkmoonlady on 26 February, 2018, 9:07
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.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Noxasa on 26 February, 2018, 11:29
Not sure why this is a mystery. Obviously a medical issue causing hormonal imbalances. Unusual but not unheard of in veterinary science. *shrug*
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mumbo Gumbo on 26 February, 2018, 15:05
So She's a cross dresser. Leave Her alone.
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 28 February, 2018, 16:47
Maybe she'll change her name to "Bruce" or "Jenner"
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer on 28 February, 2018, 16:48
The bearded lady of the old carny shows come to mind.

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