Today at Big Cat Rescue Feb 6 Shere Khan Surgery

Dr. Liz Wynn working on Shere Khan the tiger at Big Cat Rescue
Volunteers getting classes and training at Big Cat Rescue
Volunteers getting classes and training at Big Cat Rescue
China Doll asks why Shere Khan gets to go and not her?
China Doll asks why Shere Khan gets to go and not her?
It is our policy to maintain a happy disposition for the cats' sake
It is our policy to maintain a happy disposition for the cats' sake
Jamie and Gale attach the transport wagon to Shere Khan's cage
Jamie and Gale attach the transport wagon to Shere Khan's cage

Shere Khan is probably one of our best known and most loved animals.  It is a toss up as to who is bigger, Shere Khan or Nikita the tiger, but his heart is so big that it is legendary.

Today Dr. Wynn stitched up a scrape on his leg and removed a tumor that was growing under his tongue that was about the size of a grape.  It is a testament to the amazing observation skills of our Keepers that so many noticed it.  It was UNDER his tongue!

We will send it out for testing and drew blood for other studies, gave him a micro chip and his vaccinations and he should be fine to release back into his Cat-a-tat tomorrow.

He did not wake up fully enough to keep his new stitches dry in this heavy rain, so he is waking up in the Cat Hospital.

Nik the tiger has been moved to the Shere Khan and China Doll side and China Doll has been moved to Nik’s side in the hopes that more space for this duo will stop the agitation they have at seeing Nikita.  Volunteers have hung three layers of shade cloth, but they still do their best to see each other across the long, wide hallway that separates the 3 ac enclosure from the 1 ac one.

He seems to be waking up well, breathing well and we hope he will be ready to move back outside tomorrow morning.

 

Jamie explains how we will move the transport to keep everyone safe
Jamie explains how we will move the transport to keep everyone safe
Shere Khan weighed more than 700 lbs w/ head, legs and tail off scale
Shere Khan weighed more than 700 lbs w/ head, legs and tail off scale
Dr. Wynn herds "cats" into the onsite Cat Hospital before the rain
Dr. Wynn herds "cats" into the onsite Cat Hospital before the rain
We really need a bigger Cat Hospital !!!
We really need a bigger Cat Hospital !!!
Jamie can palm a basketball, but not Shere Khan the tiger's paw
Jamie can palm a basketball, but not Shere Khan the tiger's paw
Jamie and Justin made a Shere Khan size gas mask out of a bucket and waterbed
Jamie and Justin made a Shere Khan size gas mask out of a bucket and waterbed
The towel is over his eyes to keep out the bright lights
The towel is over his eyes to keep out the bright lights
Chris got film so you know there will be an excellent video soon
Chris got film so you know there will be an excellent video soon
Justin prepped the front end while Dr. Wynn worked on the legs
Justin prepped the front end while Dr. Wynn worked on the legs
Dr. Wynn says Chris is the best tourniquet ever
Dr. Wynn says Chris is the best tourniquet ever
Justin gives an injection while Dr. Wynn works on removing tumor under tongue
Justin gives an injection while Dr. Wynn works on removing tumor under tongue
Dr. Wynn cut the tumor out and stitched the tongue, then began on lip
Dr. Wynn cut the tumor out and stitched the tongue, then began on lip
Block holds mouth open while the vet removes the one on his lip too
Block holds mouth open while the vet removes the one on his lip too
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  • Martha Mullins

    Shere Khan is a HUGE boy. Those paws are enormous in size. I hope he has a speedy recovery and is back to his usual tiger-y ways SOON. Thanks BCR for taking such GOOD care of the tigers and it shows… something so small in a HUGE TIGER with a HUGE mouth like Shere Khan’s… whomever noticed it… you’re a hero. You guys are the reason I have hope for the big cat population.

     

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