28. November 2010 23:22
The other day we gave Alexis a deer head to play with and chew on. Of course she had to show all the other tigers that she had a deer head and they did not. She even growled and snarled at Gracie until Graice went to lay in the opposite corner of the yard. Gracie is more sensitive to loud noises than the others most likely due to her being blind. After Alexis was done showing off she couldn't figure out where she wanted to eat the deer. She sat in a bed of hay, but that wasn't quite right, so she tried to eat it in the pile of leaves. Then she tried to jump onto the platform but the deer head got in the way and she slid off. Finally she decided to eat it by the fence. As we were watching her eat, her tail was slowing moving closer to her and she started to growl as a warning. But her tail kept moving closer and finally she was trying to bite it. She was afraid her own tail was going to take her prize! I think she is a bit over protective!
26. November 2010 21:17
Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! All the animals got a little extra treat for Turkey day and I think they all enjoyed it. Thanksgiving also happens to be Alexis' birthday! She is now five years old and as spunky as ever. So if you drop by anytime soon wish her a Happy Birthday.
Just wanted to let all the volunteers, supporters, visitors and Adopt-A-Cat parents know that we are thankful for all that you do and we would not be able to give these cats such a wonderful home without your help!
Personally I am thankful for the chance to be an intern at the sanctuary and learn so much about these animals and what it takes to run a sanctuary. This has always been my childhood dream and I'm so thankful for everyone who supported me (even when you thought I was crazy for wanting to work with tigers) and helped me get here. I'm even thankful for the people who laughed at my dream, because it gave me more motivation to keep going! Now here I am, having the time of my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
19. November 2010 23:55
Awhile ago Izzy had blisters on the bottom of his paws. After the vet came to take tissue samples and bandage the blisters Izzy seems to be doing much better. It has taken him several weeks to recover from his vet visit. Now Izzy doesn't have any signs of blisters and is acting like his playful self again. We are taking extra precautions to prevent any more blisters. We mostly keep him in a grassier yard and frequently check his paw pads. We also have changed our methods of cleaning the inside enclosures because the vet said it most likely is an allergic reaction to something. We are researching new cleaners to see if this will help Izzy. Next week the vet will stop by to visually check up on all the cats and to take a closer look at Izzy's paws again.
12. November 2010 07:22
A lot of people ask if any animals find their way into the tiger's enclosures, and the answer is yes! The only ones we have found dead were opossums, which Alexis had "played" with but not eaten. Squirrels, birds and chipmunks seem to be fast enough or smart enough to stay away. Although there is one brave little chipmunk who has challenged Alexis. The other day he was running down the side of her enclosure with his cheeks full of nuts and Alexis watched him like a hawk. He found a spot and began eating his acorns with Alexis still eyeing him. Finally when Alexis wasn't paying attention he darted into her enclosure and disappeared under the leaves. The next day when we were cleaning Alexis' yard we found a little hole. The chipmunk had made a home in her yard! We'll see how long our little buddy is around, Alexis is pretty sneaky!
Soon I will be posting some desktop wallpaper for you to use!
4. November 2010 00:23
Check out some new fact or myths about tigers and lions! Look under "pages" for Fact or Myth? If you have any questions that you want to know if they are true or false, feel free to ask!