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Solemn Goodbye 
It brings me great sadness to share with you that we lost two of our big cat residents during the month of May.

Tigger lost his life to renal failure on Monday, May 9, 2016. Over the few days previous to Tigger's passing we noticed that his appetite was waning. He maintained a moderate activity level and still ventured out into his habitat to nap. Although that was a good sign, we were still very concerned that his appetite was not improving. We anesthetized Tigger in order to better assess his condition with a physical, blood work, ultrasound, and x-ray. His blood work revealed that he was in advanced kidney failure, and nothing more could be done for him. He was surrounded by people that loved him when he was humanely euthanized.    

Tigger stole our hearts from the moment he arrived on April 16, 2012. His crossed eyes and goofy personality made him a crowd favorite with visitors. We will fondly remember him for his love for toys, including his blue ball. Tigger is survived by his sister, Jaycee, that resides in the neighboring habitat.  
Paul passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 after falling ill only a couple days previous. Friday morning Paul was a happy, hungry tiger, but over the next 24 hours he became lethargic and anorexic. We anesthetized him on Saturday in search of clues about what was ailing him, and immediately began a course of antibiotics. His bloodwork was all over the map and did not provide any conclusive information. In search of answers, we drove a blood sample to the University of Missouri for further evaluation by a pathologist. Even though it was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, they agreed to call someone to come in and look at the sample. Meanwhile, Paul was having a difficult recovery post-anesthesia, so we stayed with him all night and day to monitor his recovery. Despite our swift response to Paul's decline, he passed away on his own Sunday afternoon before results were available from the university. The necropsy results revealed that he had abscesses all over his lungs caused by a bacterial infection. One of the toughest things about treating big cats is that they often conceal illness until the condition has become very serious - earning cats the reputation of being "silent sufferers." Even though our response was swift and aggressive, Paul's condition was already too advanced to respond to treatment. 

Paul was one of the founding siblings of the sanctuary back in 2001. He was the smallest boy in the litter of five weighing only 450 pounds as an adult. Despite his small stature, he more than made up for it with personality! He enjoyed scaring kids with a tiger roar at just the right moment! But underneath it all, he was really just a huge teddy bear. Paul will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. He is survived by his brother, Max, and sister, Dee.     
"If love could have saved you, 
you would have lived forever."
- David Ellsworth -
Father's Day Special - Sunday, June 19, 2016
Celebrate dad on Father's Day with a big cat tour at National Tiger Sanctuary! Get up close with tigers, lions, and more on a guided tour! You can even feed the big cats yourself or take a Behind the Scenes Tour for an extra special Father's Day experience! Mention this newsletter offer and dad will get his tour ticket for 50% off!

50% Off Tour Tickets For Dad!

Bring your dad to the sanctuary for a tour on Sunday, June 19, 2016 and get dad's ticket for 50% off! No need to print this coupon, simply mention the promotion at the time of ticket purchase. Offer only valid with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket. Offer valid on 6/19/16 only.
Tigers By Twilight - Sunday, June 26, 2016
Our next Tigers (and lions and leopards and pumas) By Twilight Tour will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm. This unique evening tour gives you a totally different perspective of big cats as they stalk by the light of the moon! For those of you that do not have tiger vision, don't forget to bring a low light flashlight! Please call 417-587-3633 ex. 0 for reservations as availability is limited.
Adults $40  -  Seniors (55+) $35  -  Children (3-12) $20
Cat of the Month
Max is one of the original siblings rescued by National Tiger Sanctuary in 2001. Weighing in at nearly 500 pounds, Max is often admired for his size and beauty. You can adopt Max online, over the phone, or in person. As a thank you, we will send you a t-shirt, window decal, certificate of adoption, and photo of Max!