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A specialist team of veterinarians have risen to the challenge of restoring one special tiger’s thrill of the fight.
Cross-eyed Bengal tiger, Indira, from western Sydney’s Zambi Wildlife Retreat, has undergone successful treatment by a specialist team of veterinarians and doctors from the University of Sydney to straighten her eyesight.
“One of the issues that we’ve noticed of course is the food, you throw the food down and she sort of has to look for it,” Indira’s veterinarian Dr Rob Zammit said
Indira’s eye issues also made her a target of other animals, which meant she needed to be put into an isolated enclosure.
“They’ll attack her, because they notice she has funny movements and does unusual things, so they would attack her,” Dr Zammit said.
“She lives on her own at the moment.”
The tiger’s surgery required no scalpel, thanks to an earlier course of antibiotics which seemed to have worked wonders.
“If we still need to come back and try to straighten the eyes a little bit more, then we will. But the correction that’s occurred with the treatment of toxoplasmosis has corrected it a lot anyway,” veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Cameron Whittaker said.
Indira will once again face the operating theater however, with surgery scheduled to fix another eye problem – cataracts.