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Tiger put down at Chatham rescue facility

Posted September 6

Kaela the tiger (Photo courtesy Carolina Tiger Rescue)

— Kaela the tiger was euthanized Tuesday night, Carolina Tiger Rescue officials said.

"Over the last year and a half, we have put incredible effort into trying to figure out what was causing Kaela’s medical issues. At different times, her skin and energy level would improve, only to be followed by a relapse," Carolina Tiger Rescue officials said in a Facebook post. "This week, her relapse included not eating and not wanting to get up. On Friday, we got more blood work and gave her a lot of fluids and steroids. For a couple of days, she seemed to improve. Unfortunately, the improvement was short-lived."

Kaela the tiger

Officials described in the post her "take-charge personality" and her "spunk and infectious joy for life."

Kaela and Rajah the tiger were the first new animals at the rescue facility east of Pittsboro after years of not accepting rescues, officials said.

"They were the sign of things to come. They brought renewed energy and purpose to Carolina Tiger and all of our supporters," officials said in the post. "While we won't see Kaela in the sanctuary, her impact will live on through our continued dedication to helping wild animals in need."

Kaela the tiger

Carolina Tiger Rescue put down a lion named Tarzan early this year.

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  • Sheila Rohrbach Sep 6, 6:15 p.m.
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    tough decisions but some times there are no other choices,,,,I know this decision was not easy but best for the animal....too many times with pets to make that really hard decision but in the end best for their state of condition