That headline was so bad I made myself a little sick. Anyway, as reported by WCBS in New York, Simba the tiger cub was thought to have a tumor or brain infection and was scheduled for routine euthanization. Ok so there is nothing routine about euthanizing a rare Siberian tiger cub, but apparently young Simba had lost her sense of balance and the Ohio zoo was unable to provide further care. On a side note, it seems a little sketchy that the actual zoo Simba came from is not specified.
Just when things were looking pretty grim for Simba, enter animal enthusiast/exotic animal wrangler/rich guy, Larry Wallach. A “former SPCA officer and successful businessman,” Wallach was called in to help handle the famous incident a couple years back when a 500lb. Bengal tiger was found kept as a pet in an NYC apartment building. Does the mayor have like a tiger-shaped Bat Phone for this guy or something?
Wallach in all of his glory.
More info and cool video of Simba being adorable below the fold…
Wallach used his generous means to pick up Simba and take her to the New York Veterinarian Specialty Center in Farmingdale, NY, where she underwent a CAT scan. Surprise, surprise, little Simba only had an ear infection which could easily be treated with antibiotics. Talk about a misdiagnosis. I’m glad my parents weren’t the directors of this zoo as I could have been euthanized seven times over the course of my childhood for misdiagnosed ear infections. Maybe this “Ohio zoo” should invest in a competent vet?
Thanks to NK for sharing.