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Volume 5, Issue 2, 06.18.2010

Isabella ~ 1992-2010 ~

Isabella Tiger

Isabella was born at the Carolina Tiger Rescue (then CPT), and her parents, Pollo and Barbarella, were mother and son - both rescues from the same private owner. Unfortunately, due to irresponsible husbandry, Barbarella came to the organization pregnant with Isabella.

As a result of this unfortunate, but all too common, inbreeding in privately held tigers, Isabella had a brain disorder known as epilepsy. She had seizures, but they were well-controlled with medication (dispensed to Isabella in delicious meat treats!).

Isabella was a beautiful, perfectly proportioned female tiger who lived in an enclosure on Tiger Island (the center area of the facility). She was one of our most social tigers and almost always welcomed visitors at the fence of her habitat with a chorus of elated chuffles. She was even friendlier to male visitors, often rolling in delight of their company.

Carolina Tiger lost Isabella on May 28, 2010. Her health declined in the last 6 months of her life, and staff made the difficult decision to euthanize. Her necropsy showed she had a pyometra (uterus infection) despite antibiotic treatment.

Isabella had such a great love of people and a wonderfully calm way about her. She was a wonderful ambassador to new tigers; always greeting them with a chuffle even when they were less than pleased to make her acquaintance. Many out there loved Izzy deeply. She was a wonderful girl and will be missed.

You can share your memories of Isabella at Isabella's Memorial Photo Album on Facebook


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Wildcat Blogs

Ever wonder how to find out what is going on right now with wild cats? What is currently happening "in the field" to save wildcats? How common is it that wildcat "pets" attack their owners, or wildcats are seized from homes? Carolina Tiger's new wildcat blogs summarize news stories from around the world so you can know what is happening and where.

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Animal Profile - Renee Ocelot

Renee Ocelot

Renee is a very petite, sweet girl that lives with Morgan Ocelot near Jellybean and Tex tigers. She was born in 1993 to Samson and Priscilla ocelots when Carolina Tiger operated as a breeding facility, making her an elderly 17 years old! Renee is sociable and enjoys greeting tour guests with a curious sniff. She and Morgan got along so famously that they were dubbed by volunteers as "the Honeymooners" as they were frequently seen grooming each other and always slept in the same den box.

Last year, Renee wasn't feeling well, and Keepers noticed she was bickering with Morgan. One afternoon, this turned into an all-out fight, and Morgan bit down on Renee's elbow, crushing the joint. Fortunately, volunteers nearby were able to report the incident to staff right away, and the two were separated. As there was no way to pin the joint for it to heal properly, Renee's front leg was amputated. She did recover quickly and within a couple of days was returned to her enclosure and immediately hopped up to her platform.

Renee and Morgan were reunited a few months later. They get along well, although perhaps not as famously as before. Renee has had a few unrelated medical problems since her amputation, so she has been less apt to come out for tour groups, but volunteers still love seeing her little face pop out to say "hi".

How to Help

A restaurant in Arizona has added lion burgers to their menu! Check out the ABC news story and take action at Big Cat Rescue's Legislative Action Center.

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Note: During newsletter distribution, Carolina Tiger was notified by Florida based Big Cat Rescue (a sanctuary also asking for action), that thanks to the massive response the Arizona restaurant has removed lion from the menu. Your letters to legislators are still needed as lion meat is sold in FL, PA, AZ and online.

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Bluegrass Chicken Pickin'

Come out for fun, food, and an evening of bluegrass music!

Your $25 donation buys your seat to a Southern grilled chicken dinner with all the fixin's and live performances by the Whompers and the Duke Street Dogs. Ages 12 and under are free.

Saturday, July 10, 2010, 5:00 pm
Tickets: $25 available online
9:00 pm jam session for pickers and strummers
462 Holly Glen Rd., Pittsboro

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