JOHOR BARU - The skinny-looking lion in a video posted on social media is not sick but had injured itself.
The 30-second clip posted by Twitter user @nardnazeer showed the lion dragging its feet to take a few steps at the Johor Zoo. The post was retweeted more than 18,000 times.
State Housing and Local Govern-ment Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi said the long claws of the 18-year-old lion had dug into its paws, making it difficult to move around.
"After being notified of the lion's condition, we cut the claws and gave the lion the necessary treatment.
"We also put it in a separate cage so that it can recover and gain weight," he said.
Abd Latif said the animal was the oldest among the 13 lions in the zoo, and it was not the first time that it had suffered injuries.
"We will keep an eye on the lion and give it the right treatment. We hope the public will not jump to conclusions and claim that we mistreated the lion," he said.
The video attracted the attention of Johor princess Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim, who took to her Instagram account to thank those who directed the news about the lion to her. Her posting received more than 6,800 "likes".