Rare Big Cat Needs Surgery to Survive

Wildlife center hopes to save rare stripeless white tiger with fundraising.

By Drew Andersen | Posted: October 27, 2011, 3 a.m.

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Stripeless Tiger
Only 17 stripeless snow tigers, including Snow Magic, are estimated to exist.
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center of Calhan, Colo., is attempting to raise about $25,000 for a potentially life-saving surgery for Snow Magic, a stripeless white tiger.

Two years ago, the tiger suffered a spinal aneurism that paralyzed his back legs. Veterinarians used a combination of steroids, acupuncture and massage help his right leg recover, but his left leg muscle deteriorated and is now dislocated. According to the center, the only medical options for the tiger are amputation or euthanasia.

About $10,000 of the funds raised from the “Save Snow Magic” campaign would allow veterinarians to make special modifications to a surgical table to accommodate the 500-pound tiger. The other $15,000 would be used to build a sterile recovery enclosure with a 12-foot-high fence and ground-level therapy pool and to provide medications and several weeks of around-the-clock care. The center said that with the surgery, the 10-year-old tiger could live for an additional 15 years.

Snow Magic is one of an estimated 17 stripeless snow tigers in the world. The center took on the tiger three years ago after it was retired from performing in Arthur’s Xtreme Magic show at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Information on making donations can be found on the center’s website here.
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Shirley    Tucson, AZ

11/21/2011 2:27:35 PM

I wonder if he had his surgery?

Bill & Lorraine    Manhattan, NY

11/15/2011 3:47:56 PM


Shirley    Tucson, AZ

11/8/2011 2:59:20 AM

I hope the funds are raised for him.

Julie    Colorado Springs, CO

11/3/2011 7:29:09 AM

Snow Magic will receive his surgery! We have raised $14907 to date and only need to raise the additional $10,000 for the "handicap" enclosure that he will live in! Every little bit counts, you can donate now www.serenityspringswildlife.org

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