Frosty the lion, with vet Matthew Twitchett and veterinary nurse Diane Eason at Isle of Wight Zoo.
FROSTY, the Isle of Wight Zoo's white lioness, went under the surgeon's knife this week.
Despite the rarity of white lions — there are fewer than 300 affected by the white colouring — the zoo's owners have decided not to seek mates for their two white lions, Frosty and her half-brother Casper.
As a result they took the decision to spay the six-year-old lioness, who arrived in February.
The decision was also taken for genetic health reasons, which include reducing the risk of some gynaecological cancers and diseases.
During the three hours under anaesthetic she was given a full health check, which included a liver biopsy to check vitamin A levels, scrapings taken from a skin lesion and photographic images taken of her epiglottis.
Vet Matthew Twitchett said: "I’m very pleased the operation went well, it means that Frosty can now look forward to a future in the company of Casper with no risk of unwanted pregnancy or diseases she might otherwise be prone to."
Matthew was assisted by veterinary nurse, Diane Eason, who runs the Isle of Wight pet care service Animals at Home.