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Mystery of lioness with a mane has been solved


Posted on Thursday, 22 March, 2018 | Comment icon 18 comments

The mystery of the mane has finally been solved. Image Credit: Facebook / Oklahoma City Zoo
Researchers have finally determined why a zoo lioness 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.

News of her peculiar condition hit the Internet last month, leading to a flurry of interest from veterinary experts who were keen to examine her in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Now following a laboratory analysis of Bridget's blood, researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered elevated levels of androstenedione - a hormone that can contribute to the development of male features.

A higher level of cortisol, which regulates metabolism and the immune system, was also found.

Experts believe that a benign tumor is likely to be primarily responsible for producing the hormones.

Fortunately though, despite her condition, Bridget appears to be in excellent health.

Source: 9news.com.au | Comments (18)

Tags: Lion

Recent comments on this story
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.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Dark_Grey on 22 March, 2018, 20:01
Underrated post. Needs more likes.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mattacaster on 23 March, 2018, 11:47
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 23 March, 2018, 13:03
So they're sure it's a natural occurrence†and not someone spiking her food?
Comment icon #15 Posted by UFOwatcher on 23 March, 2018, 14:41
Wonder if she identifies as a male now?
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam on 23 March, 2018, 14:50
Bridget? What kind of a name is that for a lion? Sorry, it just does not seem apt.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Brandy333 on 24 March, 2018, 4:51
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 on 7 April, 2018, 10:58
I've just found this, she's died. †


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