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Meet white tiger Mohan – walking was painful for him



If Jeremy and Simon are our active adolescents, Callie’s socially silly, and Nikita’s radiantly resilient, that must mean Mohan is magnificently majestic!!

We just picked up this big beautiful boy who came with many unanswered questions.  One being his age.  We heard he was 22 years old and also 12 years old.  That’s a significant difference in tiger years!  We also knew he had rear-end lameness and had good days and bad.

We drove 15 hours straight through several states when we heard he needed our help. Arriving onsite and meeting him, it was love at first sight.

He was a gentle giant, coming over to chuff “hello.”  He moved slowly, but calmly.  When he walked by, we could see his hind-end was very bow-legged and atrophied.   

Being so social to people, he was easily sedated by his cage wall.  We did a very brief exam in the field, but easily could see his source of discomfort.

Not only did he have issues with his knees and possibly hips, but because of his hind-end lameness, he couldn’t wear down his front claws. A few had grown and embedded themselves deep in his front paw pad.

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Knowing his age and performing diagnostics was critical for determining if we could repair any of the damage he suffered with.  Originating paperwork finally arrived, confirming he was 15 years old, which was good news. 

We drove straight through again, transporting both Mohan and Daisy directly back to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for diagnostics.

What did tests show?

Radiographs confirmed Mohan had degenerative joint disease of the knees due to cranial cruciate ligament injuries. Surgery wasn’t an option, but he can be comfortable with joint support and pain management. We began this right away for him.

Further diagnostics will be done on his hips.  If he has hip dysplasia, we can consider denervation surgery.  This was a successful procedure we did on our resident bobcat Tractor.

During his radiograph, we were also able to remove the claws that had embedded in his front pads. This will ease his pain, allowing him to put weight on his front paws again.

Back at the sanctuary, Mohan is a very easygoing and happy tiger.  He’s in quarantine until all his bloodwork comes back.  He loves playing with his large zoo balls. But his favorite past time is to spray the walls of his indoor area and then relish in his own scent.  He’s pretty impressed with himself.  And why not – he’s a pretty neat guy!

What happens next?

Daisy and Mohan’s care will be specialized and costly. We’re in the process of modifying habitats that will meet their needs, too.  Bringing home these 2 tigers with many medical issues is soooo expensive.  

Will you help support their care and medical procedures?


Every donation – and no gift is too small – will help treat and provide care for Daisy and Mohan.

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Daisy and Mohan both thank you for helping them now, too!

You never know when calls like this will come in. And you never know how many you’ll be asked to help.

This is why I’m so grateful knowing I have your support to do the right thing and worry about any additional fundraising needed when we get back. Well, now we’re back.

Thank you for giving whatever you can so we can provide young Daisy and older Mohan the care they deserve the rest of their days here.

Recap of this case

On May 17th, 2017, The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) received a call from the USDA and a separate call from the owner.  TWS arrived onsite mid-morning May 18th where two tigers, Mohan and Daisy, were legally and permanently signed over to TWS. On the morning of May 19th, TWS brought both tigers to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for comprehensive diagnostics. Transport and medical costs were paid for by TWS.  TWS is also incurring the cost of lifetime care for these tigers.


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