Dr. Lamar Hunter has just joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team as a wildlife veterinarian. After he graduated from NC State’s vet school, Dr. Hunter studied under Dr. Angela Lassiter at Carolina Tiger Rescue. He helps with physicals, medical procedures, and loves seeing the animals improve under the care of the awesome vets at the rescue. Dr. Hunter enjoys working with all the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue, but his favorite is the lions.

Dr. Hunter’s Blog 3/4/19

We have been keeping a close eye on Fenimore Tiger over the last couple weeks. The keepers have noticed that he hasn’t been feeling his best, isn’t eating all his food, and is getting around a little slower than usual. Because of this, we scheduled a physical for Fenimore in hopes of getting some blood work and doing an ultrasound on him to find out what is going on. Friday promised to be a cold and rainy day, so we decided we were going to move Fenimore into our quarantine building to keep him as warm and dry as possible during the physical. We also needed electricity to run our ultrasound machine!

Once Fenimore was sedated, we safely loaded him into quarantine and began the physical. We found him, as we expected, to be extremely muddy! Fenimore loves to play in the mud, even when it’s cold outside!

Getting a good, in-depth look at our animals is not always easy. Sedating a tiger can be very risky, but sometimes it is necessary to ensure they are healthy. If they are not healthy, we want to find out what is wrong with them so we can treat them as quickly as possible. Luckily for Fenimore, the ultrasound did not find anything remarkable, but that also means we are not quite sure why he’s not feeling his best. We will send his blood work off to the lab and wait for it to come back and hopefully that will give us some answers. Sometimes, though, we don’t get much information from the blood work either.

Fenimore spent a couple days recovering in quarantine and then it was time to get him back to his enclosure and to his buddy, Emerson. These two have not spent any time away from each other since they got here, so I am sure they were ready to see one another. I know, also, that the now clean Fenimore is ready to wallow in his mud pits again in his enclosure! On Monday, we loaded him back up into the crate and moved him back to his enclosure where he is safe, sound, and dirty once again! I will keep you posted if we find anything new about Fenimore’s results! Now I have to turn my attention to Tio Tiger, who will be having surgery on Tuesday on one of his feet! A vet’s job is never done!

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-4684
(919) 542-4454
info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary. 

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching “kids” of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our “Kid for a Day” Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.

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Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!