Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Sick Tiger Cub Rescued From Traveling Circus Heals And Finds Love.

A True Cat Lover

A 9-month-old tiger cub was rescued by a team of folks who found the feline in dreadful conditions. They didn’t think she’d make it, but this tiny feline proved everybody wrong, by finding something she’d never experienced at the circus: love.

A True Cat Lover

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Veterinary technician Vicky Keahey, is the founder of Texas-based rescue organization, In-Syn Exotics. They specialize in exotic cats, and for more than 20 years, Keahey has help rescue and care for many wild cats. Despite being so experienced, she encountered a heartbreaking case of extreme neglect in March of 2011, when she rescued Aasha, a Bengal tiger cub.

Fully Neglected

Fully Neglected

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Despite being 9 months old, Aasha looked quite small for her age. She weighed only 30 pounds, which is the equivalent of a tiger cub of only 3 months of age. Aasha was heavily underweight, as she should’ve weight approximately 120 pounds at her age. When Keahey was interviewed by The Dodo, commented, “I asked how could a 9-month-old tiger be that small.” But that wasn’t the only problem Aasha was facing.

Rare Skin Disorder

Rare Skin Disorder

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Aasha’s stunted growth was the least of her problem as her health was pretty deteriorated. She suffered from cracked, darkened, and dry skin, and her fur was falling off. She had tons of bald spots on her body, and worst of all, the people who brought Aasha to the center, didn’t know what was causing it. But Keahey took one glance and immediately figured it out. She had a ringworm! Sadly, the fungal infection didn’t justify the tiger’s wounds.

Attacked By Other Cats

Attacked By Other Cats

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After Keahey took a closer look at Aasha's skin, she noticed her open wounds were consistent with bite marks. But they weren't tied to the fungal infection. The rescuer suspected Aasha might've been left to fend for herself from bigger animals, most likely tigers. Turns out, Keahey was completely right.

A Circus In The Backyard

A Circus In The Backyard

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The resilient tiger cub was rescued by the United States Department of Agriculture. They had been inspecting a traveling circus when they suddenly realized that animals had not been properly cared for. The signs of neglect and malnutrition were far too obvious on Aasha, and on top of that, she’d been locked up with an adult male tiger who constantly nibbled and attacked the baby cub. The USDA inspector requested Aasha to be transferred to Keahey's care, and she obviously accepted.

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