Logan – In Memory

History

Logan’s a male Bengal tiger who arrived at the sanctuary in 2015. At 8 years old, he’d spent the majority of his life in a private owner’s backyard cage.

Logan’s owner had waged a long, legal battle to keep his four big cats. It had been a high-profile case for years. Local zoning laws changed, and his cats hadn’t been ‘grandfathered’ in. He was ordered to find them another home or face jail time.

With an ill wife and disabled son, he accepted a plea bargain and agreed to place them elsewhere within a year. He truly loved his cats. We set aside our opinions about private ownership and worked with him for almost a year to safeguard these cats’ future.

Logan had originally been bred and used as a pay-to-play cub by an exhibitor. As with so many of these cubs, when they’re no longer of use, they’re gotten rid of. That’s when Logan ended up with this private owner, who was surrendering him now to The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Life at the Sanctuary

This would be Logan’s third and final forever home. Once here, Logan was neutered and successfully merged with Caesar, another male tiger who came to the sanctuary from this owner, too.

They are the biggest tigers living here, in terms of height. They stand very tall and are powerful tigers! Caesar and Logan enjoy the huge, free-roaming habitat we built for them, as well as perches, toys, trees, and an in-ground pool.

How You Can Help

Would you like to help with Logan’s support? As his sponsor parent, you can truly make such a difference. It’s easy to sign up using the buttons at the top of this page.

Or even a one-time donation helps cover care costs for this big boy!  Thank you for considering helping Logan, too.

Updates

In Memory

We had no idea tiger Logan (Logie as many of us called him) would leave us within a year of Caesar’s passing.

A few months after Caesar’s passing, Logan began showing neurological signs including unsteady balance and slower motor skills.  Diagnostics didn’t provide any clear answers, but we saw some improvements with oral steroids.

Over the last several months, Logan’s symptoms slowly progressed.  He would become tired quicker, use the wall for balance, want to swallow small pieces of food vs. chew, We could also see atrophy in his head and hind end.

Our goal was to keep him comfortable and happy.  During his last vet visit, Logan was very stressed. That’s why we promised him that, when it was time, we’d plan his leaving so that we could make it as peaceful and stress free as possible…and that’s just what we did.

We kept our promise even though saying goodbye was the last thing we wanted to do.

Logan was such a sweet, yet extremely spirited, tiger. He had a very rigid amount of time he wanted humans to spend with him at the fence before he’d give out a big roar and say, our time with him was over.

He was also very particular about his people. Being much more social and calmer with some and choosing to intimidate others.

But Logan always loved other animals.  When blind rescue dog Cookie would walk the property, he’d calmly approach the fence chuffing.  When lynx Leisha lived across the hallway, he’d sit at the corner so he could see her.

And he really enjoyed tiger Caesar, who he merged with here at the sanctuary. It was 8 years ago that Logan, Callie, Caesar and Shadow were rehomed to us from an owner in New York.

After they were introduced, Caesar tried to be dominant over Logan.  Logan was quite patient but asserted himself when necessary. He let Caesar know he was still in charge when it came down to it.  But on a daily basis, Logan often let Caesar take the lead.

They became inseparable.  Playing together and sleeping together. They loved their pool and all sorts of enrichment.  Even as big and confident as Logan was, he was always very cautious of large pieces of meat he was given for enrichment.  He’d approach slowly, sniff, tap it before even considering eating it.

But most of all, Logan loved to stalk his caretakers.  And he was very good at it!

When Caesar was sick, Logan spent a lot of time indoors with him.  After Caesar’s passing last year, we saw Logan outside in his yard much more frequently. He used his two indoor bedrooms but would refuse to go into Caesar’s old room.

He also became much more patient with people and would spend more time with us along the fence.  His chuffing became more sincere and frequent, too.

As special as these new moments were with Logan, we also know it meant he was slowing down.  He depended more on us now than he ever had.  And that also meant entrusting us to let him go with dignity.

Logan, your big, beautiful spirit will be deeply missed.  Thank you for trusting in us like you had with Caesar.

There are so many animal friends to greet you on the other side.  Enjoy all their company.  You will never be alone again.