Carolina Tiger Rescue Seeks Public Help In Rescuing One Ill Animal

PITTSBORO-One local nonprofit organization is seeking the public’s help in saving the life of an ailing wild animal.

Animal Control authorities confiscated a tiger in Orangeburg County, South Carolina who was being kept as a pet by a private over—and Carolina Tiger Rescue of Pittsboro retrieved the animal last week. Carolina Tiger Rescue Executive Director Pam Fulk says the tiger, who’s been named Aria, is doing better, but she still has a long way to go.

“She wasn’t even lifting her head,” she says. “She was very dehydrated at that point, and we were really questioning whether she’d even make it back here. But she did, and in the past week she’s made amazing progress.”

Carolina Tiger Rescue is seeking donations, primarily to address Aria’s medical care and safe return to a suitable habitat. In the meantime, Aria will be quarantined for at least 30 days.

“We’ve given her a lot of drugs to address many, many symptoms,” she says. “We’re beginning to get some of idea of some of the things that may be causing her medical condition. The issue is that we are using a lot of medications, and we still don’t know what’s ahead for her, or even whether she’ll survive.”

For information on how to make a donation, click here.

Critters (and a Contest!)

This morning I was coming in my front door and happened to notice some movement to the left out of the corner of my eye. It was a 2-foot-long black snake! Rather than scurry away, this particular snake took up residence behind one of my planter boxes very close to the door. He or she and I proceeded to have a stare down. The snake didn’t seem to want to move so I eventually gave in and walked around to the back door. Human zero, snake one.

But this incident got me to thinking about how many creatures I come across in my own yard. I live in Orange County, in a wooded neighborhood surrounded by large farms. So, I have dedicated this blog post to the creatures I have seen in the past year or so in my yard. And, I am offering a challenge!

I challenge you, dear reader, to be able to name each creature correctly. I will choose a winner among those contestants with the correct answers. The winner will get one hour of photography in my studio. I don’t care if I photograph your children, a professional headshot or your favorite creature. You just never know what I will find when I look out the window!

Try your luck by sending your guesses to me at Please list them in order from one to ten. Enjoy!

PHOTO GEEK FOOTNOTE: When photographing wildlife, it is always best to use a long lens, a tripod and a fast exposure combined with a large aperture for shallow depth of field. My favorite nature photography lens, which was used in most of the shots below, is a 200mm/ F2.8.