Do you recall the story of the 11-year-old lioness from the Mara called Siena who was fatally wounded by a Cape buffalo in April? That time, thanks to the team from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), her life was saved by a one-and-a-half-hour wilderness surgery which was broadcast live on local and international mainstream media and highlighted in various travel blogs.
On the 4th April 2014, while on a hunting expedition, Siena was badly gored by a cape buffalo, nearly severing her hind leg completely. At the time of the accident, she was suckling 3 cubs of her own and her life had to be saved if these cubs were to ever stand a chance of growing up to be adults themselves.
Within a short time after the spectacular surgery, Siena was spotted moving around with her young ones as if nothing had happened. Apparently large cats have a remarkable ability to heal very fast and this worked to Siena’s advantage.
But on the early morning of the 23rd of August, Siena was spotted by a guide from the Governors Camp with her wound reopened. It was suspected she may have been involved in a fight with another lioness.
Vets from the SkyVets Initiative of the DSWT, in collaboration with the team at KWS led by Dr. Limo, responded to the emergency and averted a possible disaster. Siena seems to be following in the footsteps of her smaller, domesticated cousins who are often said to possess 9 lives.
A member of the Mara Marsh Pride, it is suspected she may have had an altercation with her former group which led to the fatal attack. Once again, due to the swift response from the Mara Vet Unit, Siena’s prognosis looks good and doctors say she is strong and in good condition and so is expected to recover from this injury quickly.