Here's the story behind a striking image of a lion getting a CAT scan

Earlier this year, I came across a striking image of a lion undergoing a Computerized Axial Tomography scan (or CAT scan, also known as a CT scan).

I tweeted out the image, and it got over 2,000 retweets.

People were intrigued, and so was I, so I dug into the back-story of how the lion ended up there.

The photo, taken in 2005, depicts a then-2-year-old baby Barbary lion named Samson.

Barbary lions, also referred to as Atlas lions, are the largest lion subspecies, known to populate large...

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