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The Big Cat Doctor Performs Life-Saving Surgery

December 3, 2019

DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: I get asked what it feels like to be that close to a big cat. It’s
intimidating and scary. COMM: Unlike most vets, Dr. Justin Boorstein spends much of his time looking after cats that are a little bit bigger than your average furry feline. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: Yeah, so when I do a procedure comparing a small cat to a big cat,
they are almost identical. The biggest difference is if the big cat wakes up, it can kill me
and kill people around me. So, it can be a very dangerous job and one you don’t want
to make a mistake at. COMM: Justin started working as a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue ten years ago before he
was even qualified as a vet, and now fully trained comes in throughout the week to look
after the cats at the sanctuary. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: So my basic tasks at Big Cat Rescue are not only surgery but also
basic wellness care. So, going from vaccines all the way up to some of the most common
things we deal with are dental disease. COMM: And the job is full of twists and turns as the big cats at the sanctuary prove consistently
to be full of surprises. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: Today we sedated Hoover. For the past 24 hours, he has had his penis
stuck out of the sheath, which is a very serious condition for animals, this can lead to it
drying out and even dying in some cases so immediate sedation was definitely needed.
We decided to go ahead and neuter him. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: So, one of the other things we had to do was put his penis back
into the sheath, but there is always a risk of it popping right back out so I placed a
suture called the purse string and basically it just makes that hole smaller. That suture
will dissolve and hopefully whatever caused it to come out in the first place, will have
resolved by that point and it shouldn’t get stuck out again. COMM: And if that wasn’t enough for Justin, there have been other issues some might find
even harder to swallow. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: So, today we sedated Zeus. He has been having some episodes where
he seems uncomfortable, mainly in his abdomen. He kind of walks a little bit funny. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: This is his stomach and this is kind of the end part of his stomach
and there is a lot of material in there and he hasn’t eaten in about a little over 24 hours.
So he shouldn’t have anything in his stomach, but there is a lot of something in his stomach.
Upon exploring him, we found actually mostly just leaves and hair in his stomach and a
whole lot of it. Probably close to a softball size amount, or more. We’re just going to
let him recover in the hospital and we’re definitely going to keep a count on him in
the future, we’ll see if he’s eating a lot of plant material, and if he is we may
have to figure out a way to keep him from doing that. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: There is a case right behind me. This is probably one of the by
most of rewarding cases. This is Mr. Claws, he was hit by a car, he is a bobcat, wild
bobcat and he had a broken femur. Unfortunately, the place that he was at wasn’t getting
it fixed and they ended up giving him to us and so we did complete diagnostics and found
out he did have a broken femur, we put a big bone plate on him and it did very well and
I think the they after I put that on, he was walking without a limp, which terrified me.
And I hoped that he wasn’t going to break or bend the plate and then I think it was
about two and a half months later after intense rehab, keeping him in a confined enclosure,
he was able to be released outside and he ran jumping and ran right into the woods and
never to be seen again. COMM: And whilst being a dedicated vet has its rewards for Justin, there are some that
will never appreciate all his hard work. DR JUSTIN BOORSTEIN: Some people ask do I go back and revisit the cats that I have helped
out. All my cats that I have dealt with, that I have had to sedate a lot, fixed and now
they are doing better, they hate me, probably more than anyone on the property. So, unfortunately,
you would hope that they would be appreciative, but they are not appreciative at all. I think
they just want to eat me.

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  • Reply 199077sara February 24, 2017 at 12:21 am

    awww awesome he is so lucky to be able to help animals, my hero!!!

  • Reply Jett Speed February 24, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I love animals

  • Reply nintendokings February 24, 2017 at 4:34 am

    After the penis surgery: "some may find even harder to swallow"

  • Reply S Venable February 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    You can watch some of the cats and even Justin's surgeries on, look for big cat rescue.

  • Reply Crys Rae February 26, 2017 at 3:24 am 🙂

  • Reply FrozenEternity February 26, 2017 at 8:36 am

    sounds like a great guy

  • Reply HOLLYWOOD SPORTS February 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    These videos are amazing. I wanted to know if I could do reaction videos on your videos to my subscribers. I would put a link to your channel on each video for my subscribers.

  • Reply J Ribs March 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    They're really adorable sedated.

  • Reply Davyonn Jewell March 17, 2017 at 3:54 am

    that fucked up with the tiger

  • Reply Madeline Ciresi April 4, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I'm glad that he's helping the tiger

  • Reply Texas_Raised_ Texas _Made April 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    this is a BEAUTIFUL thing. sucha brave thing to do. what a JOB😭😭😭😭😭😍😍😫

  • Reply BAILEY SUSUNKEWA May 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I just love to see people helping animals 🐯🐨🐹🐰🐼🐭🐱🐻🐶🦊🦁🐵🐧🐦🐤🐺🐗it makes me cry and happy😔🙂

  • Reply adorablee.jocelyn June 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I feel bad for laughing at his penis 😭

  • Reply philaman1972 July 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Wonderful work, doctor!

  • Reply the real Andrew Harvey September 15, 2017 at 3:48 am

    The people are amazing the facility is awesome wish the had more room

  • Reply kid with xanax September 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    its impossible watch

  • Reply Debopriya Mallick September 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I appreciate his hard work.

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  • Reply RNG OXY September 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I like it tho

  • Reply ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ November 1, 2017 at 1:43 am


  • Reply Ivan Mendoza November 2, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I love animals so much!! How do I volunteer to help all animals and all around the world?? Comments suggestiins??

  • Reply Antonio Martinez November 2, 2017 at 8:45 am

    That is werd

  • Reply Dark Second November 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    thanks for helping

  • Reply Moo Abdzar January 12, 2018 at 3:31 am

    How did you maintain tiger post surgery wound? Especially if it's located in the ventral area, so it's hard to keep it dry.

  • Reply Mango January 16, 2018 at 3:15 am

    They don’t hate bro. It their way if show their endless love to you for helping. Thanks!

  • Reply DydyFirstcool January 27, 2018 at 10:44 am

    3:18 I like the way the cat woke up with Pain in his stomach. The cat : oh, I feel no more pain. Am I in paradise?

  • Reply Pinky Ranjan February 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Sir plx help me my cat is feeling so bad from 2 or 3 week he face most weekness and he cant eat any thing only he drink water plx help meeeee

  • Reply thegriffin88 February 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I love BCR! Joseph, the lion, has a major beef with Dr. Justin because one time several years ago Justin gave him a shot. Joseph never forgave him for that. XD

  • Reply Tumbo Salem May 21, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Thanks docters for saving animals.

  • Reply Dany Jons June 16, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Need help

  • Reply Dany Jons June 16, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Sir I need help

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    Every little bit helps, whether it's $1, or $10 towards her surgery, medicine, aftercare, recovery.
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  • Reply Sling Ding August 12, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    I was the thousand like to the video. Also nice job

  • Reply Evan Mcgee November 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Oh my God I think I'm going to be sick

  • Reply Sameer Khan December 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    hamare cat ki nake me rakh pahuch gayi kya kare

  • Reply Jeffrey woods January 19, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Mr. Claws

  • Reply Hindosha Love February 4, 2019 at 3:09 am

    يارب اجعلها في ميزان حسناتك😊🤲🏻😻

  • Reply ananya singh February 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    dr justin u r awesome sir salute u

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  • Reply Seema Badal April 8, 2019 at 3:01 am

    I love animal

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  • Reply Terri Kost June 30, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I always wanted to go to one of these places and work. I never new how to go about it. It was my dream job. To late now as i'm 62yo. You all have the best jobs in the world. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to these beautiful animals..

  • Reply Danny Sisson July 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Me too

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    Z UK

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  • Reply Amit Dubey September 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Animals are so cute I love him very much

  • Reply Peaches 83 October 5, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Those are some lucky animals, this guy is amazing….like thank God for this 1 in a million guy.
    It breaks my heart that guy like this do not get the recognition they deserve yet idiots making songs
    about having a big butt are. God bless this man and anyone who helps also.

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  • Reply Mark Sheptock November 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Help big to small cats or dogs

  • Reply Comrade cat November 19, 2019 at 1:35 am

    What if it wakes up…

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