PICS: Lion, named Chaos, goes for his first radiation session for skin cancer at Tshwane clinic

2019-05-07 21:49

A 16-year-old lion named Chaos is doing "extremely well" after undergoing its first radiation treatment session for skin cancer at a Muelmed Mediclinic in the City of Tshwane on Tuesday morning.

"Chaos is our very first lion. We have just offloaded him. He is a bit drowsy but he is doing very well," his owner, Kara Heynis, of Lory Park Zoo told News24.

Lion goes for his first radiation treatment

Chaos the lion goes for his first radiation treatment

(Supplied: Kara Heynis)

The treatment for skin cancer on his nose lasted about five minutes.

Lion goes for his first radiation treatment

A closer look at Chaos as he goes for radiation treatment

(Supplied: Kara Heynis)

More treatment is expected next week. Chaos is due back at the hospital for three more treatments.

"We're a registered zoological facility so he was accompanied at all times and had all the necessary permits.

"We started the whole process of transporting him to the hospital at 10:30 and returned back home at 13:15," Heynis said.

Chaos was treated by a team of five radiation therapists, as well as one radiation oncologist.

"There were no other human patients around while he was treated and he came into the hospital through a back door," Radiation Specialist, Hanri Reynolds told News 24 on Tuesday.

Lion goes for his first radiation treatment

Chaos at Muelmed as he undergoes treatment

(Supplied: Kara Heynis)

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