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The Causes and Consequences of Metabolic Bone Disease in Big Cats

Blackfire Rocklyn and Payson as cubs now at TCWR
Blackfire, Rocklyn, and Payson, rescued during the Colorado Project, had broken legs due to metabolic bone disease.

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) has severe consequences for non-domestic cats, affecting their skeletal structure, muscle development, and overall health. Tigers afflicted by MBD often experience deformities, weakened bones, and a compromised immune system, leaving them vulnerable to many other health issues. Sadly, many tigers suffering from MBD endure a lifetime of pain and suffering, all for the sake of a profit-driven industry.

Metabolic Bone Disease is not just a health issue for tigers; it is a symptom of a broader problem within the exotic pet trade. By exposing the dark underbelly of this industry, we can ignite a collective call for change. It is time to prioritize the well-being of these incredible animals over profit margins, ensuring a future where tigers roam free and thrive in their natural habitats rather than suffering silently in the clutches of the disease.

Tigers, especially cubs, are exploited as money-making commodities in the cub petting industry. Unscrupulous breeders bank on the allure of these adorable creatures to attract paying visitors seeking the thrill of interacting with a tiger cub. This constant handling and human interaction, however, not only disrupts the natural development of tiger cubs but also perpetuates the cycle of metabolic bone disease due to insufficient nutrition.

Metabolic Bone Disease severely affects tigers’ skeletal structure, muscle development, and overall health. Tigers afflicted by MBD often experience deformities, weakened bones, and a compromised immune system, leaving them vulnerable to many other health issues. Sadly, many tigers suffering from MBD endure a lifetime of pain and suffering, all for the sake of a profit-driven industry.

Metabolic Bone Disease is not just a health issue for tigers; it is a symptom of a broader problem within the exotic pet trade. By exposing the dark underbelly of this industry, we can ignite a collective call for change. It is time to prioritize the well-being of these incredible animals over profit margins, ensuring a future where tigers roam free and thrive in their natural habitats rather than suffering silently in the clutches of this easily preventable and debilitating disease.

White tigers Blackfire Rocklyn and Payson at TCWR
White tigers Blackfire Rocklyn and Payson are now healthy and fully grown at Turpentine Creek.

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