My name is Maya, I am a little black Jaguar and I live at The Big Cat Sanctuary with my carer Giles Clark who heads the facility in Kent. He welcomed me into his family, giving me constant care – 3 hourly bottle feeds, bottom wiping as well as love and attention around the clock – 24 hours a day! This was a huge comfort having begun life with more challenges and adversity than is ideal. Safe to say, I think it is quite possibly a miracle I am still here!!
I was born at Wingham Wildlife Park on 11th July and unfortunately my mother was unable to feed and tend to my needs. It was this issue that led to the decision, combined with symptoms of severe dehydration and weakness, that I should be hand reared.
After a tough start I am feeling stronger and braver by the day.
You can follow my story on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – here’s all the details:
Giles Clark’s Social
The Big Cat Sanctuary’s Social
You can see me and Giles on BBC Breakfast on Friday 22nd September where you will find out more of my story.
If you would like to help fundraise and get involved in my care you can either ‘Text MAYA10 £10 to 70070′ or ‘Text MAYA10 £5 to 70070′ to donate.
You can also make a donation online too!