At just nine months old, Aasha, a Bengal tiger, weighed 30 pounds, which is what a 3-month old cub usually weighs.
In 2011, Vicky Keahey, the founder of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, in Texas found out about Aasha from an inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
What happened next? The whole story and photos
The inspector was concerned about Aasha and wanted Keahey to take over her care.
Aasha belonged to a traveling circus. She lived in a cage with a bigger tiger who often picked on her.
During an inspection of the circus, it was determined that the animals were not being taken care of properly, and there was great concern about Aasha’s condition.
Keahey agreed to have Aasha brought to In-Sync.
Aasha was covered in bald spots, and her skin was dry and cracked.
Some of the darkened areas were bleeding – Aasha had ringworm.
Aasha also had some open wounds that Keahey believed were bite marks from the other tiger.
With some medication and a lot of TLC, Aasha began to grow – bigger and healthier!
In eight months, Aasha looks like a real tiger! Keahey decided to try and see how Aasha would react to other tigers.
They put Aasha next to a tiger named Smuggler. He fell for her!
Smuggler was three times the size of Aasha – but they had chemistry!
Aasha and Smuggler had supervised playdates until they were ready to move in together!
It has been four years now. Aasha has become a confident adult tiger! Who loves a good soak in the water!
Here is a clip of Aasha and Smuggler from 2011!
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