The road to better health has and is a long one for the lovely Melani. Her life before her rescue was one of pure endurance. She struggled from the moment she was born after her mother rejected her and she was raised, at Surabaya Zoo, on just plain milk, not a formula. Due to this, Melani missed out on many of the vitamins, minerals etc needed to allow her bones and body to grow normally. She was always a small framed Tiger, however after the consumption of chemical laced meat, her internal body was damaged so badly that she could no longer eat, digest and absorb big chunks of meat.
Then came a terrible and cruel fate. Melani began to loose weight and had a terrible time actually keeping any reasonable amount of food down and no one at Surabaya understood why, and didnt have the patience to aid her. Some staff at Surabaya decided that if Melani didnt eat her food, then they would.
So staff resorted to stealing her food as it was written off that she wanted to die.
Can you imagine what Melani felt?
Then came her rescue on 25 June 2013.
Inside Melani’s body, the ability for peristalsis movement of the digestive organs is nearly non existant due to the chemical poisoning. Slowly, extremely slowly, over the past few months, there is improvement in this digestive process, but it is a very long road. Poisoning with formaline is possibly one of the worst types of poisoning as in most cases the animals die. It is utterly devastating what has happened inside Melani’s body, however, she has the will to live, she wants to live
Ive worked alot with various Tigers, some who were totally wild and ferocious and some that were so incredibly calm. But with Melani, she is the most affectionate.
Maybe it is because she has always struggled and was raised by humans (no matter how bad) but she shows such love towards humans that it brings tears to my eyes. I know that may sound very “human” of me to say that, but it is true.
Now in Taman Safari Bogor, she has peace, she is warm, she is loved. Instead of the staring hollow eyes we all saw when she was in Surabaya Zoo, the haunting look has now been replaced with bright and alert blue/green eyes, her soft voice chatting away all the time, and lots of affection
Without any exaggeration, you can see her smiling now.
As she goes to sleep, she watches you with those beautiful eyes. Her eyes get heavier and heavier, until she closes them and peacefully sleeps.
Here is the sleeping beauty x Have a wonderful weekend ~ Sybelle