Fire is a very special tiger. She was born from Donya and Rascal, two tigers that had been boarded at the facility before it was CARE.
Fire was a perfect little baby. She was growing well with no apparent abnormal development. When she was 8 weeks old she was administered the normal vaccinations for big cats of that age. Within hours she was totally unresponsive. She remained this way for 46 hours. She then began to wake from this apparent coma. But, there was bad news...Fire was blind. As we scrambled for answers an angel from California stepped forward. Gerard Van De Merghel helped to ensure that Fire got the best medical care possible. Fire had a special animal ophthalmologist and neurologist to care for her along with her PCP, Dr. Bill. She slowly began to see better and better. After a year of medication and lots of love Fire became somewhat normal.
She will remain to be one of the most spoiled-rotten tigers of CARE. Fire is a testament to what CARE’s loving donors and CAREgivers can do for big cats in need. It is a true miracle that the tiny, fuzzy, blind baby ever made it to adulthood. Please come and visit CARE and see our miracle in person.