Neglected Tiger Cub Rescued From A Traveling Circus Finds Her Home And Big Love
January 17, 2018 19:07 By Fabiosa
Unfortunately, a lot of circuses worldwide mistreat their animals, and though local officials try to implement protective policies, it may be hard to track weather they’re followed. Aasha, a 7-month-old Bengal tiger cub, is a sad proof that traveling circus conditions for wild animals should be monitored harder.
The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals. - Anonymous
Aasha's dramatic path to recovery
When the poor thing was found by Vicky Keahey, the founder of Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, she weighed only 30 pounds, when she was supposed to weigh around 120. Bald spots covered almost her entire body being barely an excuse for what was supposed to be thick fur. Cub’s skin was dry with cracked, darken areas and bleeding; plus, it suffered from ringworm and had open wounds.
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Twice every day, Vicky gave Aasha medications, special baths including, and spent time with her. It took the woman much effort to get things moving, but after 8 weeks of treatment, Aasha’s fur finally began to heal.
At first, Aasha disliked medicated baths and fought not to get into. However, to the staff's big surprise, the cub soon started to like them, which resulted in drastic improvement of her condition.
Within eight months, she looked like a real, playful young tigress.
She even found her love
Vicky believed that a bit of love would boost Aasha’s recovery, so they introduced her to a bigger tiger named Smuggler.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
He instantly went crazy for her and was always showing off for her. Now, these two share the same enclosure, and Aasha is a healthy and very much loved tigress. Finally, her misfortune is over.
Tigers in captivity
According to Tigers-World, there are around 10,000 tigers worldwide living in captivity: in zoos, national parks, and rarer in circuses and even as pets.
But fortunately, cruelty to animals finally became an open topic for discussion. Each year, more and more countries begin to implement animal protection acts, which means that more animals have chance to be treated well and get help they need so much. Aasha's touching story was one of such cases, and we are very glad it ended so well for her.
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. - Emile Zola
We wish all our furry friends, both domestic and wild, to enjoy their lives as mother nature meant them to do.