Coconut the snow lion undergoes his annual exam at the Sacramento Zoo. While under anesthesia, orthopedic and ophthalmology specialists from UC Davis worked with the zoological medicine team at the zoo to conduct a complete examination to check his overall health as well as the condition of his eyes and musculoskeletal system.
Shortly after birth, veterinary evaluations revealed that Coconut had a birth defect affecting his eyelids. The congenital disorder is called eyelid agenesis or an eyelid coloboma. He also exhibits abnormal musculoskeletal development resembling “swimmer’s syndrome,” a condition where a young animal’s legs splay outward and it has difficulty walking normally. A surgical procedure was performed by UC Davis specialists in ophthalmology and zoological medicine in October 2018 to permanently remove abnormally oriented hairs near the eyelid margins that can irritate or damage the surface of the eye.
Photo by Don Preisler/UCDavis
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