Malnourished lion suffers a seizure, shakes violently inside zoo cage in front of horrified visitors
The lion named Raffy collapsed on the floor of his enclosure after having a seizure at the Manila Zoo on Sunday afternoon
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A lion was reportedly spotted having a seizure on the floor of his zoo enclosure in the Philippines on Sunday, according to Daily Mail. The incident was caught on camera by a horrified visitor.
The lion named Raffy collapsed on the floor of his enclosure and started shaking violently at the Manila Zoo on Sunday afternoon. Two lionesses, who were also in the enclosure, curiously looked on as the 'malnourished' lion slowed down his movements, breathing heavily at the same time.
Mark Lee, a visitor at the zoo, said that the animal looked weak and called on the keepers at the zoo to investigate his health.
He said, "The lions in the zoo appeared malnourished. The animal in the video was having a seizure. I think that the zoo really needs to look into this. I know that volunteers do checkups once a week on animals but it is not enough. So I do hope that the management of Manila Zoo will improve in the future."
Heinrich Patrick Peña Domingo, who is the officer-in-charge of the Manila Zoo Zoological Division, confirmed to the publication that Raffy the lion had now recovered from his apparent seizure. He also said that the zoo was carrying out medical tests in order to find out what caused Raffy's seizures in the first place.
Domingo said, "Right now, Raffy is okay. We did not see any problems with him today. He has a normal appetite so far. We started a medical diary to note changes in the lion's appetite and behavior as a first step."
Leo Trinidad Almelor, a vet who has treated Raffy in the past, said that, since the seizure, he was being checked over by vets and zookeepers. "Raffy's final diagnosis will be stated once the attending veterinarians get his results. After proper diagnosis, his treatment will be followed and, of course, rehabilitation."
He added, "It is very alarming that an emergency situation such as this was not informed to any authorities in the zoo. Any emergency case should be notified immediately to address the situation and be given the best intervention as soon as possible. Be with people or animals, emergencies should be addressed medically and professionally and not posted on social media."