New York veterinarians are used to dealing sometimes with unusual pets. But one of the?
CU Lion's X-ray photographs before and after.
SV Elsa, the lioness is brought in on a stretcher
SV Dr. Ross Gray talks to reporter (SOUND)
CU Elsa playing with doctor.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: REPORTER: "These are X-rays of an unusual patient, showing before and after results of treating a bone illness. The patient's name is Elsa, and she arrived at Columbia resbyterian Hospital, New York City, suffering from the bone disease because of a calcium-deficient diet. Doctor Ross Gray, a veterinarian, has been treating Elsa and he described her prognosis."
DR. GRAY: "Well, she's beginning to lay down bone. It took us a long time to get her away from a chicken diet. She's laying down bone now; she's beginning to straighten out a bit; she's gained about 25 pounds, and we hope that...oh...in about another two months or so that she'll really begin to come along."
REPORTER: "What kind of treatment do you give Elsa?"
DR. GRAY: "We have been supplementing her with calcium and trying to get her onto a proper diet. It's extremely difficult with cats--even with domestic cats. The same condition is seen in puppies and in kittens that are raised...which have been fed on nothing but a meat diet which is low in calcium and high in phosphorus. If the meat diet is fortified with calcium and with phosphorus then this condition probably does not develop. But these animals need more than just meat. This used to be a problem even in zoos...as late, or as early, as ten years ago."
REPORTER: "Doctor Gray believes exotic animals should not be imported into this country. They usually do not survive. Elsa is on her way to recovery, but most animals such as Elsa have short lives when removed from their natural environment."
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Background: New York veterinarians are used to dealing sometimes with unusual pets. But one of the most unusual patients Doctor Ross Gray has ever had to deal with was...a sick lioness called Elsa. He treated her for a bone disease recently, and a New York reporter tells the story in this film, which shows the lioness on a stretcher and playing with her doctor.