An eight-year-old lion at a safari park in Israel had a tumor removed on Wednesday.
The lion, Samouni, developed a swelling which his keeper at Raman Gan Safari became suspicious of in a routine daily medical check-up.
Clinical staff took a biopsy two weeks ago, but laboratory tests were unable to determine what kind of tumor it was.
"Two weeks ago we tried to find out what the lump was, we aspirated (medical term for removing something from the body, but unfortunately we didn't manage to discover what kind of tumor it was. So today we anesthetized him and operated on him in order to take all of the lump out and to send it to the lab in order to find out what kind of tumor is was," the attraction's vet, Ariella Rosenzwieg explained.
During the two-hour operation made by head of the Safari Veterinarians, a tennis ball size tumor removed from fully anesthetized.
The tumor will be send to a lab which will determine if it was malignant or not.
According to his doctors, Samouni is recovering a special night room under supervision and doing well, he will be returning to the lions' fenced-in free-range area in the Safari park tomorrow.