Sick Tiger Cub rescued from the circus and makes an amazing recovery

Despite the fact that Aasha, a Bengal tiger cub, was 9 months old, she weighed only 30 pounds, which is typical for a 3-month-old cub. The poor animal was a member of a traveling circus and was not only abused but also preyed upon by a much larger tiger.

Vicky Keahey, the founder of Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, rescued her in 2011 and placed her under her care.

“Aasha’s bald spots covered almost her entire body and her skin was dry [with] cracked, darken areas and bleeding,” Keahey told The Dodo.

The youngster had open sores and was infected with ringworm. “Every day, twice a day, I would go in and give Aasha medications and spend time with her.” She’d also give her medicinal showers, which she despised to the point where Keahey had to pursue her.

However, Keahey’s efforts were rewarded. Aasha’s fur began to mend after 8 weeks of treatment, and she began to enjoy swimming!  “Within eight months she looked like a real tiger.” 

Smuggler, a larger tiger, “went crazy for her and was always showing off for her.” according to Aasha. Aasha is now a healthy and well-loved tigress who lives in the same enclosure as her sister.


This 9-month-old tiger was so unwell that she only weighed 30 pounds, despite the fact that she should have weighed around 120 pounds.

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

Her “bald spots covered almost her entire body and her skin was dry [with] cracked, darken areas and bleeding” when she was rescued from the circus.

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

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

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center



To bring Aasha into medicated baths, Keahey would have to pursue her at first… However, the cub quickly grew fond of them, and her condition significantly improved!

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

“Within eight months she looked like a real tiger”

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

Smuggler, a larger tiger, “went crazy for her and was always showing off for her” according to Aasha.

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

Aasha is now a healthy and well-loved tigress who lives in the same enclosure as her sister.

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

And she just can’t get enough of baths!

Credits: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

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Linda
Linda
4 months ago

I’m very happy u rescued Aasha A heartfelt and very sincere thank to u. She’s beau tiful now

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