Baby lion on the loose at Westmead

The lions with pancreatic and transplant surgeon Dr Lawrence Yuen and department head of trauma service Dr Jeremy Hsu

To mark the Lunar New Year, a baby lion has spread colour and excitement across Westmead Hospital to celebrate the occasion.

Lunar New Year is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals. It is celebrated in Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines.

Western Sydney is home to large Asian communities, so two-year-old Kingston Wilde and an adult lion were invited to show staff their impressive moves and share some cultural cheer in their lion costumes.

Their first stop was the operating theatre followed by maternity, radiology, renal and cancer care.

Midwifery manager Vicki Wilde-Shooter presenting the little lion with ang bao (red pocket)
Radiographer Susan Dang and medical radiation scientist Chen Karris
Kingston Wilde and medical radiation scientist Jesse Hicks
Baby lion sending good cheer to patient Lourdes Leenders in renal with Clinical nurse specialist Khin Hnin Myint

It’s the year of the friendly dog so naturally an adorable pooch made our patients smile.

Kingston Wilde and Lady Darcy from the Therapy Dogs take a break between patient visits
Kingston Wilde and Lady Darcy putting a big smile on patient Emma Dunlop

Department head trauma services Dr Jeremy Hsu, who is of Chinese descent, said he was looking forward to the festivities.

“I will be celebrating with my family tonight,” Jeremy said.

Thank you to the Sydney Youth Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe for accompanying Kingston.

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The lions will be making their way around western Sydney performing this weekend, including –

  • Tonight, 6.30pm at Parramatta Centenary Square
  • Tonight, 8.30pm at Wenty Leagues Club
  • 8.30pm, Saturday 17 February at Wenty Leagues Club
  • 1.30pm, Sunday 18 February at Wenty Leagues Club
  • 11.00am, Saturday 14 February at Westfield Parramatta

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone celebrating today.