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Lioness at Oklahoma City Zoo Grows a Mane. I’m Not Lion.

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Photo courtesy of OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden

Sometimes things happen we can’t quite explain and that’s exactly what’s happened at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. An 18-year-old female lion, Bridget, has suddenly grown a mane. Although a lioness growing a mane is bizarre, it’s happened before. In 2011, a similar situation took place with a lioness in a South African zoo.  As with humans, increased testosterone levels, stemming from ovarian issues, increased facial hair growth in the female lioness from South Africa.

The Oklahoma City (OKC) Zoo took blood samples from Bridget’s tail to run tests to explain the reason behind her hair growth.  There are speculations her mane may have sprouted because of a benign tumor growing on either her adrenal or pituitary gland. OKC Zoo plans to wait for the analysis of the test results before a conclusion is drawn about Bridget’s sudden mane attraction.

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