Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

In Treatment

In Treatment

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

When Keahey started caring for Aasha, she immediately put her in an isolated enclosure, as a way to avoid the infection from spreading, but also protecting her from other cats. She started treating her with medication, which Aasha had to take twice a day. Keahey spent a lot of time bonding with her and earning her trust. Aasha's treatment called for medicated baths, which ended up posing a challenge for the carer.

Someone Hated The Water

Someone Hated The Water

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

As time went on, Keahey noticed how much Aasha disliked the water. She would even refuse to take a bath. Whenever they had to bathe her, she’d run away, leaving Keahey and the vet technician chasing after the sneaky cub. After a few weeks, the cub finally got used to the routine. But no one would expect Aasha to become so enamored with the water.

Speedy Recovery

Speedy Recovery

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

Eight weeks later, Aasha's health started to improve significantly. Her fur started growing, covering her bald spots, and she was getting bigger and stronger. She was finally looking like the strong tiger she was meant to be, and was loving her baths more and more. Keahey even placed a small bathtub in her enclosure so she could play in it. But the cub needed another 6 months to take the next step and finally heal.

Finally Healthy

Finally Healthy

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

After eight months of treatment, Aasha was looking healthy and strong. She had become so big, in fact, that Keahey had to bond with the tiger through games, as she couldn’t get inside the enclosure for safety reasons. Still, Aasha really enjoyed playing around with Keahey, getting soaked with a water hose. But it was time for her to socialize with other tigers.

A Loving Welcome

A Loving Welcome

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

Aasha had finally moved to a different enclosure, and now she had a new neighbor. A male tiger named Smuggler, who was immediately drawn to her. Keahey said, “He went crazy for her and was always showing off for her.” Aasha was also pretty taken. The two connected really fast, perhaps, due to Smuggler's history of neglect, which was so similar to Aasha's.

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