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Oklahoma City’s king of the jungle to get a routine checkup

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Lion Hubert at the OKC Zoological Park & Botanical Garden

OKLAHOMA CITY– Hubert, a 4-year-old African lion will get his annual checkup on January 11.

It’ll happen at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital on the Oklahoma City Zoo grounds.

Zoo guests are welcome to watch the exam from the public viewing windows at the hospital.

The exam should last about an hour and is set for 9:45 a.m. on Monday, January 11.

The Zoo’s veterinary team and animal care givers are dedicated to providing superior health care for the animals entrusted to them. This includes managing a preventative care program as well as treating illnesses and handling emergency cases as they arise.

From cockroaches to large cats, all of the Zoo’s animals are examined routinely. Hubert’s preventative care exam will include vaccinations, blood draws and a dental assessment.

Hubert will be anesthetized shortly before arriving at the hospital and asleep throughout the exam.

The new hospital’s viewing windows are giving guests of all ages the unique experience of seeing live animal procedures, including lab work, x-rays, exams and surgeries. Digital signage enables guests to understand the nature of each procedure.