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How old is Fire? Newborn
Fire as a baby
How much does Fire weigh? 2.4 pounds
How long is Fire? 7 inches long
What does Fire eat? In the wild a big cat drinks its mother’s milk. At CARE we must feed a baby with a bottle.
How much does Fire eat? 2 teaspoons of milk in a 2 hour period.
What is Fire like?  Her eyes and ears are closed. She cries like a human baby when she is hungry or tired. Like all babies, Fire sleeps all the time waking up only to eat or cry. Most baby animals do not go potty on their own. Because there are no diapers in the wild, the mother must keep their bed and baby clean. Yes, she eats what would normally go into a diaper. Although this may seem gross to you, it is very important to a baby’s health and safety. Although big cats do not have predators, big cat babies are helpless. When it is time for the mother to hunt, the babies must stay very quiet, and no smells can lead predators to the baby’s den. Because Fire does not potty on her own, we must wipe her bottom with a wet towel for her to go to the bathroom. If we did not do this a baby big cat would get sick and could die.

How old is Fire? 7 days old
Fire at 7 days old

How much does Fire weigh? 4 pounds 13 ounces
How long is Fire? 9 inches
What does Fire eat? In the wild a big cat drinks its mother’s milk. At CARE we must feed a baby with a bottle.
How much does Fire eat? 2 ounces of milk in a 2 hour period.
What is Fire like? Fire’s eyes and ears are opening now. She still cries a lot. A big cat at this age is starting to crawl, but does not really know where they are going. Although their eyes may be open they still can not see. They are now losing their umbilical cord that once supplied all nutrients to the baby while in the mother’s belly. The babies teeth may start to hurt now. The teeth normally have not come through the gums yet.

How old is Fire? 14 days old
Fire at 2 weeks old

How much does Fire weigh? 7 pounds 3 ounces
How long is Fire? 11 inches
What does Fire eat? In the wild a big cat drinks its mother’s milk. At CARE we must feed a baby with a bottle.
How much does Fire eat? 4 ounces of milk in a 2 hour period.
What is Fire like? Fire’s eyes and ears are all the way open. She is starting to react to sounds, smells, and sights. Her sight is limited by shadows but her sense of smell is very good. A big cat can smell the difference between their mom and all other animals at this time. Fire can smell her bottle warming up in the kitchen from another room. Fire is trying to stand up but can’t yet. Her big belly still drags the ground and she falls over. We sometimes have to rub Fire’s gums, like a human baby, because her teeth hurt. Tiny teeth are starting to peek through her gums.

How old is Fire? 2 months old
Fire at 2 months old

How much does Fire weigh? 16 pounds 5 ounces
How long is Fire? 17 inches
What does Fire eat? In the wild a big cat drinks its mother’s milk. At CARE we must feed a baby with a bottle. Believe it or not, Fire is starting to eat chicken now.
How much does Fire eat? 8 ounces of milk 4 times a day and 1 pound of raw chicken or turkey.
What is Fire like? Fire is starting to get into trouble. Her teeth and claws are like sharp little knives. She is running, jumping, playing, and chewing on everything she can get her teeth on. In the wild, babies play with each other, but Fire (an only child) plays with her many stuffed animals. Her favorite toy is her purple fuzzy bear. Big cats even go potty on their own now. Hooray! Fire is now eating raw meat. She eats both ground turkey and chicken legs. Wow! Within the next week or two she will be eating leg bones and all.

How old is Fire? 5 months
Fire at 5 months old

How much does Fire weigh? 52 pounds
How long is Fire? About 3 feet long
What does Fire eat? Raw meat and a bottle of milk with vitamins every day.
How much does Fire eat? 10 pounds of meat and 8 ounces of milk.
What is Fire like? Fire is growing very fast. She now has big enough teeth to crush bone and eat even the toughest meat. She is getting too big for her stuffed animals and is starting to play with hard balls and old tires. She likes to play on her swing. Most of all she loves her human mommy, just like a big cat loves their mom in the wild. In the wild the babies are learning to hunt with their mother. She shows them how to be quiet and sneaky. Although the mother still catches the dinner, the babies are still learning how to hunt. They must learn to hunt or they will die in the wild. Another way the big cats learn how to hunt is to play with their siblings. As they stalk, pounce, bite, and claw each other, they gain necessary skills for hunting.

How old is Fire? 2 years old & all grown up!
Fire all grown up!

How much does Fire weigh? 400 pounds
How long is Fire? 6 and half feet long
What does Fire eat? Lots of raw meat.
How much does Fire eat? 30 to 40 pounds of meat every other day.
What is Fire like? Now that Fire is all grown up she gets to live in an adult big cat cage with her friend Melita. She doesn’t get to play with people anymore because she has gotten too big and she could accidentally hurt someone, but she still gets lots of love and attention from outside the cage. She has lots of fun things to play with in her cage. Fire loves to play with her balls and to play in her pool, she loves splashing around in it. She has fun clawing the big tree in her cage and she loves to play with Melita. Fire is one happy tiger. Like Fire, big cats in the wild are all grown up too. They have now left their mom and are hunting by themselves and starting their own families.

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