Mary Stewart Caracal

Mary Stewart Caracal

Home»Species» 2013-03-22 Mary Stewart (44)2011-05-11 Mary Stewart (10)2011-01-30 Mary Stewart (21)2010-12-28 Mary Stewart (64)2004-02-08 Mary Stewart (2)2004-02-07 Mary Stewart (10)2007-02 Mary Stewart (2)2011-05-11 Mary Stewart (11)2013-05-08 Mary Stewart (38)2013-03-22 Mary Stewart (41)2013-05-08 Mary Stewart (38) Born April 23, 1999 Born at Carolina Tiger Rescue Passed away August 21, 2017 Mary Stewart’s Story Mary Stewart was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program. Mary Stewart was a very spirited caracal who loved to stalk guests and volunteers while hiding in the tall grass at the front of her enclosure, illustrating how stealthy caracals can be. Mary Stewart had a very sweet, almost doll-like, face and a tawny-colored coat that lulled you into a false belief that she is cute and cuddly but she, like any caracal, was a fierce predator and not an animal to take lightly. Mary Stewart’s Passing August 21, 2017 With a heavy heart we write to you today.  This past weekend, Mary Stewart Caracal showed less interest in her food and she appeared dehydrated.  The Keepers gave her fluids in the hopes that she had just gotten a little dehydrated, especially given her age and the heat. Unfortunately she did not rebound as we had hoped. We took her to Dr. Lassiter for a physical and blood work. Sadly, her blood work showed that she was suffering the effects of advanced kidney disease and she had kidney failure. Given the severity of the disease, we made the decision to euthanize.  Though her tail was short, Mary Stewart was never short on personality.  Her sassy demeanor made her a joy to visit....

Daxon Serval

Home»Species» Daxon Serval was rescued from a private owner in June of 2017. He was owned in a state where it was illegal to own wild cats and the owner reached out to Carolina Tiger Rescue in hopes we could provide Daxon with a lifelong home more suitable to his wild cat needs. Daxon is a bit shy at first and a bit weary of new people, but since moving to his outdoor enclosure he has really started to come out of his shell. Daxon enjoys when visitors come sit down, a safe distance away, near his enclosure and just talk with him and provide him with their company. He is a handsome serval who seems to be enjoying his new life at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Born April 13, 2013 Rescued June 22, 2017 Life StoryPictures How Daxon Came to the Sanctuary Daxon was rescued in June of 2017 from a private owner. He had been a pet for the first 3 years of his life, until his owner decided they could not give him the best life possible. Carolina Tiger Rescue was contacted and we traveled to pick him up and bring him to his forever home. Personality Daxon is a shy serval who takes a bit to warm up to new experiences. Now that he is out of quarantine and in his new home in his outdoor enclosure, Daxon is coming out of his shell. The day he was released he took no time at all to explore his new home! Description Daxon is a tall serval with darker fur than some of our other resident servals. His fur...

Carolina Tiger Rescue Stories

Aria Tiger with room to run at Carolina Tiger Rescue Home»Species»   Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.   It is estimated that there are between 5,000 – 10,000 tigers in private hands in the United States. This is how Aria Tiger looked when she was rescued from a private owner in South Carolina in 2013. She was purchased from a breeder and kept as a pet in a family’s back yard for 10 years.   When Carolina Tiger Rescue was called in, she was days from death because the family could not find a vet who was willing to care for her. In addition to a lack of knowledgeable medical care, many tigers in private hands are not given proper diets, adequate room to roam, or stimulation to keep them from becoming bored and developing behavior disorders. Even when private owners have the best of intentions, wild cats often suffer greatly in this kind of captivity. There is no federal regulation about owning wild animals. In 4 states, including North Carolina, your neighbor could have a tiger in their back yard and you don’t have to know. When Aria arrived, she weighed around 200 pounds and barely had the strength to lift her head.  Our veterinarian was able to diagnose Aria with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. We began feeding her beef pancreas to provide the enzymes that her body didn’t make, allowing her to absorb nutrition from her food.  Aria’s health improved greatly and she climbed to a healthy weight of around...
Julio Ocelot

Julio Ocelot

Home»Species» 2012-09-26 Julio (14)2013-05-01 Julio (40)2013-05-01 Julio (41)2013-09-15 Julio (30)2014-07-17 Julio (70)2015-05-28 Julio (85)2015-05-28 Julio (86)2015-09-06 Julio (47)2005-08-06 Julio (7) Born April 18, 1997 Arrived on September 24, 1998 Passed away May 8, 2017 Julio’s Story Julio was an incredible ocelot. Not only did he embody the true ocelot spirit (you know, grumbling if you came by to visit), he was also a stunning looking cat. His dark features made him instantly recognizable by everyone. That ocelot spirit was apparent in how hard Julio made you work for his attention. For example, if you brought him a tasty treat, he might not accept it from your treat stick, but as soon as you turn to leave, that yummy treat was gone! His grumbles and striking features will be greatly missed in the sanctuary. Julio’s Passing May 10, 2017 Unfortunately we have sad news to share today. Whether it was last month when we said goodbye to grumbly Trapper Ocelot, or now, when we say goodbye to the beautiful Julio Ocelot, writing these memorials and saying goodbye never gets easier. In 2015, we anesthetized Julio for a physical exam. Blood work from that exam showed that he also had lymphocytic leukemia. Given his great dislike of being handled, chemotherapy was not an option. We did, however, start him on prednisone to help alleviate the inflammation associated with the cancer and to help slow the progression of the disease. Recently we anesthetized Julio due to a broken canine and his blood work showed progression of the disease. As always, we waited, watched, and monitored him for quality of life. This weekend, Julio...
Tarzan Lion

Tarzan Lion

[/et_pb_sidebar] Home»Species» 2010-12 Tarzan (1)2010-12-15 Tarzan (17)2011-02-06 Tarzan and Lions (14)2012-11-04 Tarzan (6)2012-11-04 Tarzan (18)2012-11-04 Tarzan (7)2013-08-09 Tarzan (64)2013-10-11 Tarzan (43)2013-11-15 Tarzan (3)2014-03-28 Tarzan (1)2014-03-28 Tarzan (2)Tarzan 5-23-2016 (2)tarzan and sebastian2010-12-17 Tarzan (2)2010-12-17 Tarzan (4)2011-11-06 Tarzan (8)2015-02-07 Tarzan12-08-15 Tarzan Born January 1, 2001 Rescued November 12, 2010 Passed away February 21, 2017 Tarzan’s Story Tarzan came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2010 when a facility in Texas closed its doors. Though a vital member of his pride, he has always been a little bit of the underdog. He started his life in a 3X6X3 foot enclosure  His legs showed the impact of living in such a small space with poor nutrition. Though he was never able to run with the ease of the rest of his pride, he never let it slow him down. He would chase Sebastian, who was almost twice his size, and jump on his back. He would swipe at Sheba’s legs just to get a reaction from her. Though he was at the back of the pack, they always made room for him. The lion piles were sometimes epic (how do you fit three lions into one den box?) and other times hilarious (not sure Sheba appreciates you sitting on her head!). Watching the way the pride worked together, to keep each other safe and fed, will always been remarkable.  Tarzan’s Passing February 17, 2017 We have sad news to share about Tarzan Lion. We just recently anesthetized him to cut back a nail that was being problematic and ran blood work. The blood work looked good for a lion of his age and otherwise his physical was...
Trapper Ocelot

Trapper Ocelot

[/et_pb_sidebar] Home»Species» 2014-01-29 Trapper Snow (248)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (42)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (41)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (40)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (28)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (30)2013-10-24 Trapper Painting (33)2013-01-06 Trapper (7)2013-01-06 Trapper (6)2011-11-22 Trapper (38)2011-11-20 Trapper (2)2011-11-20 Trapper (1)2010-11-02 Trapper painting (1)Archive trapper (01)2005-02-06 Trapper (01)2005-02-06 Trapper (2) Born September 13, 2000 Born at Carolina Tiger Rescue Passed away March 16, 2017 Trapper’s Story Trapper was born here at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program. Trapper was a fan favorite here at Carolina Tiger. For many years, Trapper was a star on the tour route. He liked to hang out in the back of his enclosure, but when a tour came to his stop, he loved to come out and meet the guests. The moment guests were in earshot, Trapper would begin his ocelot grumble. Sometimes people would worry that Trapper was upset, but more often than not, I think he was just telling them about his day. When he was feeling particularly spry, he would balance on the PVC tube that covered his heating pad cords to make sure they you knew he was there and ready for his treat!  Trapper’s Passing March 17, 2017 I have sad news to share about Trapper Ocelot. A couple of years ago, we ran routine blood work on Trapper. Those test results showed the start of kidney disease. Kidney disease can either progress slowly or quickly. The best “treatment” for late-stage kidney disease or failure is hydration. This can be done either through an animal’s food or by giving them fluids subcutaneously (under their skin). Fortunately, our animals already receive a diet that...