Ever had an #ultrasound? It is usually done in a hospital right? Well, I volunteered with #Wildlife ACT and was lucky enough to see a vet examine and treat a sick #lioness, including the use of ultrasound to check her internal health.
Following several reports of a #lion that had mange, the Wildlife ACT team responded to a sighting of the sick animal. When we arrived, the lioness was laying down after drinking for several minutes at a nearby dam. The management team was informed and #wildlifevet Dr Mike Toft was called in to examine the state of this lioness.
After an initial visual assessment, the lioness was darted so Dr Toft could collect samples and administer treatment. Once the lioness was asleep (and snoring), Dr Toft took a scraping of her skin for analysis, in which sarcoptic #mange was confirmed.
Mange is caused by a parasitic mite that burrows under the skin of animals. It tends to affect immuno-compromised individuals but is relatively easy to treat. Dr Toft then carried out an ultrasound in-field with a portable scanner, to further investigate her health. Antibiotics were administered to prevent possible infection and an anti-parasitic medication was given to treat the mange.
Text & photo by Wildlife ACT Volunteer by Tanya Taylor with Wildlife ACT Priority Species Monitor @danitheron8
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