Turpentine Creek Rescued Two Bengal Tigers On 4/12/2008
On Saturday, April 12, TCWR went to Fairview, Missouri to rescue two adult tigers. Ziggy, a 7 year old male, and Tigger, a 9 year old female, became TCWR’s newest residents. The couple had owned the cats since they were cubs. Both tigers were purchased from the same private breeder for $500 each. Though tigers do not make pets, Ziggy and Tigger were well cared for by their previous owners. Their cage was a good size with a covered barn area for shelter. The cats were secluded on their property. They both seem healthy and definitely well fed. The previous owners are moving, therefore needing a home for the tigers. Both Ziggy and Tigger are declawed, but neither has been fixed. Tigger gave birth to cubs in January, all of which died. Our veterinarians came Monday afternoon to fully examine both tigers. Ziggy was neutered. Tigger and Ziggy will be quarantined for a few weeks before being moved into the main compound. We invite everyone to come and see the new TCWR residents.
Staff Zoologist/Volunteer Coordinator
Since Kenny’s surgery 2 weeks ago he has been doing wonderfully. He stayed in a quarantine trailer for the first few daysto ensure he was healing, taking his medication and so we could closely monitor his progress. He had some normal drainage from the tube that was inserted during the surgery, which is an excellent sign that there is no infection and no fluid build-up in the area. On Wednesday last week Kenny was transferred back into his lockdown. He was happy to see his brother and roommate Willie and they happily greeted each other with lots of chuffs.
On Thursday we received the histopathology results from St. Francis and discussed them with Dr. Aric Brandt. The tumors were the same type as the small tumor removed in 2007, which our vets had suspected during the surgery. Dr. Brandt seemed confident that he was able to remove the entire tumor, but because the neoplasm was poorly differentiated there is an increased risk of reoccurrence or spreading (metastasize) to more areas of the skin or other organs.
Monday, Dr. A. Brandt came out to the refuge to do a follow up on Kenny. He removed the drainage tube and checked the incision, which looked good and was healing well. There was a small amount of swelling in the testicles, so Kenny will remain on antibiotics for awhile longer.
For now we will continue to monitor Kenny very closely for any changes in his skin or other symptoms. We are starting Kenny on a regiment of herbal remedies; which have been known to have anti-cancer properties, slow down the metastasis of the tumors and increase the immune system.
He will be able to go out into his habitat within the next few days and everyone is welcome to come to the refuge and watch him enjoying his life playing with Willie, lounging in the grass and resting on his wood bench. Please help us help Kenny by donating towards the refuge vet bill.
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