Big Cat Rescue is a nonprofit sanctuary located in Tampa Florida, devoted to ending the trade in wild cats as pets, props and for their parts. On Monday, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa worked alongside other volunteers to perform surgery on two tigers at the rescue.
A board-certified ophthalmologist, and an ophthalmology intern performed eye surgery on Nikita, a 19-year-old tiger and Zeus, an 18-year-old tiger. They were assisted by Dr. Liz Wynn, the primary veterinarian for Big Cat Rescue.
Nikita had a ruptured cornea in his right eye repaired. He was previously seen by BluePearl two years ago for the same surgery on his left eye.
Zeus was recently rescued from New York four months ago, and it was noted at that time that he had a problem in his right eye. His overall health and condition were so poor, however, that a procedure on his eye was delayed until he was healthier and gained some weight. Zeus had a loose cataract and some other complications with his right eye.
“BluePearl Veterinary Partners works closely with Big Cat Rescue, and they’re a major asset to our internship and residency training programs,”
Big Cat Rescue is part of the Discovery channel’s Animalist.com network and Revision 3 network. You can even watch their animals live if you have a Roku player! There are 3 web cams that are usually on domestic cat kittens that they are fostering for adoption, but are sometimes on the exotic cats in our their on-site Cat Hospital so that they can monitor their progress when they are recovering.
Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats and a Geoffroy Cat. If you’re in the Tampa area, you can make arrangements to visit Big Cat Rescue.
Anyone interested in donating to Big Cat Rescue should click here!
BluePearl recently came to the aid of a Rottweiler thrown out of a moving car in NY. Look for that story here soon!
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