Three New Rescues

Arrive at Turpentine Creek

July 10, 2018

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has three new animal residents! Early Friday morning, two vehicles arrived at the Refuge after an 18-hour road trip that began in Buffalo New York. Within the two vehicles were seven animals ready to start their new lives. Three, two young 12-week-old servals and one three-year-old Savannah Cat, had arrived at their final destination, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The other four, two servals and two caracals, would be continuing on to their new home at Safe Haven in Nevada. Turpentine Creek worked with seven agencies, including law enforcement and World Animal Protection, to complete the rescue.

The seven animals were rescued from a man who had allegedly been selling them as pets, which is illegal in the state of New York. Information on the rescue is limited due to the fact that it is still an active investigation. We will release more details after the investigation is concluded.

The older male a Savannah Cat was doing well enough upon arrival but the two young male servals were in poor body condition, underweight, lethargic, and diarrhea. They both needed immediate veterinary care and were taken to be examined by our Veterinarian Dr. Anne Brenneke at St. Francis Veterinary Clinic.

The healthiest of the two young servals weighed in at 3.8 lbs and has low bone density due to improper diet. The smaller of the two only weighed 2.8 lbs, has a slight infection, worms, anemia, and low bone density due to improper diet. Both babies are now on a nutrient-rich diet, being treated for coccidia and giardia, receiving medication to help with diarrhea, and the smallest is also on antibiotics and deworming medication.

All three rescues are scheduled for a follow up on Wednesday, July 11, to check their health progress. Dr. Brenneke has been consulted over the phone twice a day for verbal check-ups and both are improving daily. At this point, Dr. Brenneke says the prognosis for both young servals is looking good.

They will be staying in our onsite veterinary hospital in quarantine until further notice. Once they have been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian they will be moved to their new habitats for the public to see.

As of right now, none of the new rescues have names. Watch our social media for more information on the naming process, adoptions/sponsorships, and updates on animal health. You can donate now to help us give these new rescues a wonderful life with us and help us continue rescuing animals in need.