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 4/6/21

Happy anniversary, Tio Tiger! Today marks three years of Tio living in the sanctuary. He came to us on April 6, 2018, with Kaari, Yanaba, and Shira Tiger from a facility in the southwestern United States. Tio is a very easygoing tiger. Even in quarantine after his arrival, he just went with the flow. He’s so laid-back that he quickly was allowed on tour and loved it. He will often come up to the fence to greet tour guests. Other times, he may check them out from a distance while relaxing in the shade.

Tio was unfortunately declawed on all four paws before being rescued. Declawing a cat, means the ends of their toes are removed. Cats walk on their toes so declawing forces them to change the way they walk and often leads to arthritis and other problems. In 2019, Tio had to have a middle toe on his front right paw amputated because of problems caused by the declaw. True to his personality, he took it all in stride and quickly settled back into his enclosure. I’m so grateful that Tio came here three years ago, to a place that can give him the proper vet care and a large enclosure where he can be himself!