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Lioness rescued from 'Tiger King' zoo undergoes surgery

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 10:02:24-05

CORVALLIS, Oreg. — A lioness formally owned by Joe Exotic and rescued from the infamous "Tiger King" zoo is now in good hands and underwent surgery Monday.

Chobe, a 5-year-old lion, currently lives at the WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in Scotts Mills, Oregon, KPTV reports.

According to officials at the sanctuary, Chobe suffers from inbreeding, but is a "very sweet and expressive animal."

The lioness was rescued from the Oklahoma animal park seen in the Netflix series "Tiger King." The owner, Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his rival Carole Baskin.

Veterinarians at Oregon State University performed the surgery on Chobe after a CT scan revealed she was suffering from a distended uterus.