Circus tiger cub who was neglected, abused and stunted by malnutrition makes a miraculous recovery


A circus life can be cruel to animals.  Case in point, Aasha, 9-month old Bengal tiger.  Aasha belonged to a traveling circus when she was discovered and subsequently rescued by Vicky Keahey, founder of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center.

The tiger cub was in such bad shape that she only weighed 1/4th of her normal weight, had ringworm, and open wounds. According to Vicky, “Aasha’s bald spots covered almost her entire body and her skin was dry [with] cracked, darken areas and bleeding.”

“Every day, twice a day, I would go in and give Aasha medications and spend time with her.”  In addition, she would also administer medication baths, something Aasha didn’t like very much.

After 8 weeks, Aasha began healing and even grew fond of swimming.  And 8 months later “she looked like a real tiger.”  Vicky gradually introduced her to another tiger named Smuggler, the two quickly formed a friendship and, now, even sleep in the same enclosure.

Stunted by Malnutrition, tiger cub only weighed 30lbs, 1/4th of her normal weight

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She had visible open wounds, cracked skin and bald spots all over her.

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 “Every day, twice a day, I would go in and give Aasha medications and spend time with her.”

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Eight weeks after her rescue, she gained some weight, her wounds started healing and began to grow new fur.

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She met Smuggler, they quickly bonded.

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They even share and sleep in the same enclosure.

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Initially, Aasha, didn’t like baths, now she loves them.

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Here is Aasha enjoying some “me time”. <3

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