Daisy’s a female Bengal tigress who came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2017. Though only 2 ½ years old, her life was already at risk.
Daisy had an undiagnosed neurological problem. It was obvious she had ataxia since she was having trouble balancing herself, stumbled, and walked with an uneven gait. She also suffered with stunted growth.
When authorities contacted us about helping two tigers at an out-of-state facility, they told us we’d probably have to euthanize Daisy. That’s how bad things had gotten for her.
Life at the Sanctuary
We didn’t hesitate, jumped into action, drove over 700 miles one way, arriving to help Daisy 15 hours later. We drove her straight back to the University of Minnesota for diagnostic tests. It was extremely important to rule out a brain tumor, inner ear issue, or skeletal deformity that could be compressing her spinal cord.
Those were ruled out. But that just left more questions. She had good days and bad days. On her bad days, she couldn’t even stand up.
Daisy was finally diagnosed as having spinal meningitis. When we noticed she wasn’t bearing weight on her rear foot, tests revealed an old heel fracture that had calcified, surrounded by thick scar tissue. To stabilize her foot, it was pinned and plated.
For eight weeks, we had to keep her confined to a small space for healing. Knowing how rambunctious and playful Daisy is, we certainly had our work cut out for us!
Today, you’ll never meet a more vivacious and energetic tiger. You’d never guess all Daisy went through, all she suffered. She has the sweetest disposition!
She loves her caretakers and enjoys the many different neighbors she’s had since she’s been with us. To say Daisy enjoys her pool would be an understatement. Pool toys and splashing are her favorite pastime.
Well, other than attacking her water bowl which has had to be replaced so many times, even being welded to her habitat wall now.
We’ll have to monitor Daisy’s medical condition closely for life, but what a life she’s enjoying….and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her!
How you can Help
Our sponsorship program is what makes a life like this possible for Daisy. Would you consider being her sponsor parent? Or even a one time donation towards her care would be so helpful.
It’s easy to do using the buttons you’ll find at the top of this page. Thank you!