Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers who live together. She is very shy and years after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure. Although at times she has the opposite reaction and will charge the side of the enclosure and roar. It is unclear if she is doing this to be aggressive or to get a rise out of her keepers for her own entertainment. The reason it is unclear is if when she charges and roars and the keeper stands still and chuffs at her she will chuff back and rub her cheeks and head on the side of the enclosure in a friendly manner.
Amanda is being worked with often through the operant conditioning program to build a trusting relationship between her and her keepers. The operant conditioning program is a critical tool used at the sanctuary to ensure the cats in our care are comfortable and happy.
By rewarding the simple act of approaching an operant trainer to receive a food treat Amanda will overtime begin to associate her human caregivers with a positive experience and thus will become more comfortable with her surroundings.
Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props. It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year’s cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.
In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.
It took over a year to find permanent homes for all of the cats because it is hard to place a big cat who will cost $10,000 per year in food and vet care.
Amazingly, an anonymous donor couple who had known these tigers as cubs fortuitously stepped in to fund the ongoing care of these three lucky tigers who came to Big Cat Rescue in 2011.
You don’t mess with a tiger at feeding time!
Read more about the rescue of three tigers from Texas here.
What Do You Do When a Tiger Gets a Belly Ache?
Medical Update May 30, 2015
Amanda Tiger is doing well this morning. We are watching her on the DropCam.
Dr. Helga Blaeyart, VMD DACVS of Blue Pearl did the surgery. Assisted by Dr. Sami Peterson, Dr. Tammy Miller and Dr. Liz Wynn. Three of the vets work at Blue Pearl and our vet, Dr. Wynn works at Ehrlich Road Animal Hospital.
Dr. Miller and Dr. Peterson are eye doctors, so they called in Dr. Blaeyart, who they said was their best surgeon. She worked very quickly and was ultra cautious about leaving any bleeding vessels untied.
The uterus was so huge and so full of pus that it was no easy task. The blood supplies that attached it were as big as your finger, so making sure they were tied off well enough that they wouldn’t allow her to bleed to death internally was a monumental task. There was also the tension of knowing that at any second that whole mess could rupture, spilling pus into Amanda’s abdomen, where it would have poisoned her beyond any antibiotic’s ability to cure. It was like watching a bomb being disarmed while it was strapped to a loved one.
Later, as we put Amanda back in the transport, after surgery, Gale was adjusting the anesthesia tube and asked the vets to feel under Amanda’s chin. They said it feels like her lower jaw bone, had been broken on one side and is just floating in space. They said the ends feel rounded at both ends, as if this was from a very long time ago, and it doesn’t impede her eating, so we probably can’t do anything about it. In the video that Afton will post later you will see that she has white spots, like pimples, all over her spleen. Again, there probably isn’t much we can do about that either in a 19 year old cat, but the vets will research it more.
MORE About Amanda:
** July 29, 1014 – Video “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – Funny, cute kittens bounce to the music, then Amanda Tiger runs for dinner, Skipper Canada Lynx discovers air conditioning, and a lot more as well. https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-29-2014/
** July 23, 2014 – Video “Toda at Big Cat Rescue” – The 3 Texas Tigers, Amanda, Andre and Arthur show off how smart they are at dinner time, enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard. + MORE https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/
** January 11, 2014 – Video Andre and Arthur splashing in the pond and Amanda going out to break it up plus video of many more of the cats here. https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-11-2014/
** See Amanda in this St. Patrick’s Day 2014 video creeping and stalking the camera crew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv-RsMjPOwk
** Video – Amanda, Andre & Arthur on Christmas vacation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAxMkeeK7LM
** Photos of cats and pumpkins and trying to get paw prints in the sand of Amanda and her brothers. https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-28/
** July 26, 2013 Video of a typical day at Big Cat Rescue – The part that wasn’t typical was Amanda the tigress being so mad. She isn’t on the tour path, because she doesn’t care for most people, but she was really upset after being locked up all day as volunteers built some new platforms for her and her brothers. https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-july-26-2013/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 27, 2013 Video Amanda, Arthur and Andre get excited to see dinner coming https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-27-2013-memorial-day/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 5, 2013 Video another video of dinner time for Amanda, Andre and Arthur the tigers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-5-2013/
** A few snapshots including Operant Conditioning with Amanda and her brothers. https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-6/
** About the rescue of Amanda and her brothers. https://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-news-2011-10/
** More about the rescue of Amanda, Arthur, & Andre: https://bigcatrescue.org/tiger-rescue-2/
** Amanda arrives at Big Cat Rescue and discovers her pool. https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-28/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” October 9, 2012: https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-9-2012-zoning-win/
** Amanda was very shy when she first arrived and hid in her den when people came around: https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-16/
** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update see photos of Amanda, Zabu, Skip, Arthur, etc https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-aug-5/
** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update Jen collects Amanda’s poo?? Hmmm Interesting?? https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-2/
** Through Glass Video July 4 2014 https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-5-2014/
** Amanda, Andre, & Arthur enjoying popsicles.