Famous Tiger Is Going Blind, So People Are Trying To Save Her Eyes
Indira, a 15-year-old Bengal tiger who was used for films and TV shows, now can't even see her food.
When she was in the spotlight, Indira played roles in "George of the Jungle" and "Anaconda." Now, she has serious eye problems, but her rescuers are doing everything they can to help her see clearly again.
Rescued by the Zambi Wildlife Retreat, a home for retired zoo, circus and entertainment animals in Australia, Indira is a beloved member of the rescued menagerie.
In February, Indira made headlines simply by taking a bath in her pool.
"Indira's our most playful and friendly animal," Donna Wilson, her carer, said.
But Indira's carers recently noticed her walking into things. And when Indira walked right past her food, and that's when Wilson knew her cataracts was really serious, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
This week, her carers took Indira to experts who could figure out exactly how to help her.
"At UVTHS we specialize in dogs and cats but we have never cared for a 96 kg cat," wrote the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney on Facebook this week. "We are so incredibly lucky to have a VIC (very important cat!) here today."
The veterinarians gave Indira many tests to figure out what the best approach to saving her eyes would be. Indira underwent ultrasounds, CAT scans, an MRI and bloodwork like a champion.
"Indira is a very quiet, happy girl who is exceptionally well behaved and easy to handle, but unfortunately her eyesight has deteriorated over the years to the point that she walks into objects, falls into open ditches and at times has trouble finding her food," the UVTHS wrote.
"After a big day Indira is back at home safe and sound," wrote Zambi on Wednesday.
It will now take a couple of weeks for all information to be reviewed, Zambi said, before plans for surgery are solidified.
Normally, it would cost over $10,000 for all these procedures on a cat like Indira. But the veterinary hospital is donating the work to Indira for free.
"This would not be possible without ... the dedicated team of medical professionals that work so hard to make a difference to the lives of animals," Zambi wrote.
Here's hoping Indira is seeing clearly again soon.