August 3, 2013. Memorial Celebration for Sitarra.
At 9:00 this morning at the sanctuary, LTB members and volunteers gathered to say goodbye to “our girl,” Sitarra. It was a sad farewell to a beloved member of the LTB family. But, as Bobbi said, Sitarra now runs free; she is caged no more.
Very sad news today. Sitarra, one of our Bengal tigers, was rushed to the Emergency Hospital yesterday evening, unable to move her back legs. An MRI showed a ruptured disc, and surgery was started immediately. It was discovered that her spinal cord had been severed by pieces of the ruptured disc and there was no choice but to let her go. She died last night.
Bobbi was near her enclosure when this happened, and no time was lost in getting her to the ER. Everything that could possibly be done was undertaken. This was a freak occurrence – very rare – and instantly paralyzed her. She would have felt no pain; just confusion because her legs didn’t work. After consulting with the vets and surgeons, it would have been inhumane to leave her in this condition.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and concern. We know that you grieve with us, and your support means the world to us.
A fund to cover Sitarra’s emergency medical expenses has been established. Please call (619) 659-8078 or click below if you wish to contribute.
Died: July 28, 2013
After rescuing Raja and Natasha, we discovered that Natasha was pregnant. Sitarra and her sister, Tabu, were born here at LTB November 8, 2002. Sitarra (which means “Star of India”) weighed just 2 lbs 12 oz at birth. She was incredibly intelligent and, just like her sister, had mastered commands such as “sit,” “lay,” “stay” and “come.” These commands helped us every day to be able to work safely around these animals, and if we needed to treat her, we had a safer way to achieve this goal.
Sitarra loved playing with her sister and was fascinated by people. She was usually the first to greet anyone who approached their enclosure. She was more independent than Tabu, but still loved her sister. You could usually find them cuddled up together sleeping or romping and playing. Sitarra and Tabu spent hours watching the farm animals and our resident dog, Hobie. Sitarra was lighter in color, like her father Raja, and lazier than her sister.
We will miss Sitarra very much. May she rest in peace.