How Do You Give a Tiger a Check-up? | Spring 2012


How Do You Give a Tiger a Checkup?

Veterinarians at Busch Gardens®Tampa Bay are bringing guests directly into the animal care experience at the park’s new Animal Care Center. Not only will procedures such as surgeries and teeth cleanings be conducted in full view, visitors will even have the chance to assist in preparing food that the team provides animals, including fruits, vegetables, crickets and mealworms. Read more.


Lucky to be Alive

The SeaWorld® San Diego Animal Rescue Team has a very fortunate patient: a California sea lion saved from a bullet wound. The team rescued the animal and performed surgery to remove the bullet. She’s a very lucky sea lion. Park veterinarians suspect the shot was aimed for the animal’s heart but caught her flipper instead. 
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Tangled in the Trash

A young dolphin named Seymour that was tangled in trash near Marco Island, Fla. is swimming in the ocean today thanks to SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team. Rescuers worked with other dolphin experts to unwrap discarded fishing line from around the animal’s tail. Vets used a mobile x-ray machine to examine the deep cuts in its skin. After saving the young calf, the team released it. Read more.


Alone No More

Two young rescued otters are now becoming the best of friends at SeaWorld San Diego’s Rocky Point Otter Nursery. Recently rescued Mocha was introduced to CoCo, who herself was rescued late last year. The pups share similar stories. Both were found stranded and alone on a beach along the central California coast. The pups have been deemed unreleasable by wildlife officials, and will now live at SeaWorld San Diego
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Doctor Elmo Prescribes Smiles

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby from Sesame Place® prescribe the young patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia a heaping dose of laughter and smiles during monthly visits to the oncology department. The visits are part of the park’s long-standing partnership with The Joshua Kahan FundRead more.


It All Started with a Thin Mint

Girl Scout cookie season typically means Thin Mints and Caramel deLights aplenty. But it’s much more than that for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas: They used their 10th Annual Cookie Rally at SeaWorld San Antonio as a donation drive for the San Antonio Food Bank. More than 6,000 Girl Scouts, their families and guests attended the event and donated more than 8,000 pounds of food for people in need. Read more.