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Special needs tiger Daisy welcomed by The Wildcat Sanctuary


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Look at this face!  This is 2 1/2 year old tiger Daisy, the day we met her.

You’d never know from this picture, but Daisy has a neurological disorder.  She is ataxic, has an uneven gait, trouble with her balance, stumbles, and has stunted growth.

Tigress Daisy

Daisy takes a little bit longer to do normal tiger activities. She doesn’t know any different – but we do.

Even with her positive attitude, that doesn’t mean life will be easy for her. Now that she’s arrived here at The Wildcat Sanctuary, we’re going to do everything we possibly can to make sure she has the best quality of life.  Within a short time, she’s already made a huge impression on our hearts. And there’s no doubt, she’ll do the same to you!

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Driving Miss Daisy

As we sat in a staff meeting, we received a call from the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) and a separate call from an out-of-state owner. They needed our help to provide medical attention to two tigers. One could possibly be critical.  The other had been having some mobility issues for quite some time.

They called knowing we had the resources and partnerships with specialists to give these tigers the medical care and life they deserved.

In pouring rain, we loaded transfer crates, safety equipment and supplies into our rescue trailer.  Other staff drove to the cities to rent an F350 truck to tow the trailer.

There was no time to grab a change of clothes, or even book a hotel.  We’d drive straight through, there and back, while scheduling specialty appointments for these tigers to be seen at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

We jumped into action, drove over 700 miles one way, arriving to help Daisy 15 hours later.

Daisy at the hospital

Upon return, Daisy immediately had an expensive, but necessary CT scan and full exam.  It was extremely important to rule out a brain tumor, inner ear issue, or skeletal deformity that could be compressing her spinal cord.

All were negative and left us with more questions.  Now, we had to look into issues we couldn’t see.  A nutritional deficiency, fungal exposure or parasite?

In the meantime, we could develop a plan for supportive care.  Bloodwork showed her kidneys were elevated from the current medication she was on.  We’ll taper her off that medication and put her on something better for her long-term health.

We, along with the University’s team, were also attending to the second tiger. Mohan, a white tiger, is just as special as Daisy and his story is just as important. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when I’ll share more about this majestic tiger, too.

What happens now?

Both tigers are now in quarantine at the sanctuary as we develop the best possible medical plan for their future. We’re happy we can provide lifetime care and medical treatment for Daisy and Mohan – thanks to you!  We’ve offered the same for the remaining animals there, too. We’ll be there at a moment’s notice, free of charge, to help.

All of this emergency care is only possible because of you!  Thank you for helping us save lives and care for so many, at a moment’s notice when it’s most needed.

Will you help Daisy by donating to her medical care?


Every donation, no matter the size, will help treat and provide care for Daisy and Mohan.

But, if you donate $200 or more, Tigers In America has agreed to match your donation 50% (up to $5,000)!!

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

I’m so proud of the team we have here at TWS! Everyone pitched in, whether on the road or back at the sanctuary caring for the cats. It takes so many working side-by-side to say YES to these last minute calls.

And most of all, I’m thankful to you for being there when we need you most, too. There’s no question, when a cat’s urgently in need, I know you’d want us to do everything possible to help them. It comes at a high price, but when we all work together, we can do this!

 Recap of this rescue 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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