Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science experts help Indira the tiger

20 July 2016

A team of experts at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital were recently visited by “Indira” the famous tiger to prepare for an operation to arrest her deteriorating eyesight.

“Indira,” who has appeared in numerous movies and TV series such as George of the Jungle and Anaconda, is in the care of Zambi Wildlife Retreat, which among other things provides a home for retired animals from the entertainment industry.
Anaesthesia specialist Dr Alastair Mair and radiologist Dr Mariano Makara at the University of Sydney’s veterinary teaching hospital collaborated with Taronga Zoo chief veterinarian Dr Larry Vogelnest and affiliate veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Cameron Whittaker to anaesthetise the tiger. Diagnostic imaging work including ultrasound, MRI and computerised tomographic CT/CAT scan took longer than exptected, so Indira will return for surgery in a few weeks’ time.
The hospital’s veterinary director, Professor Vanessa Barrs from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, said the multi-specialist team ensured the exotic animal received the best possible treatment.
“This is the first time in more than a decade that we have had a tiger in our facility,” Professor Barrs said.
Zambi director Donna Wilson said the 15-year-old Bengal tiger had been born at the Bullen’s Animal World facility and as a cub underwent cataract surgery with good results.
“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 now walks into objects, falls into open ditches and at times has trouble finding her food,” Ms Wilson said.

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