Bengal Tiger Finds New Home In North Texas
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(CBS 11 News) BOYD A male Bengal tiger is beginning to adjust to his new home in north Texas. The animal was rescued from a ranch in south Texas.
The once neglected Bengal tiger is the newest member of the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary. He recently joined 61 other big cats that’ve been abused or abandoned.
“We’re usually the last chance for most of these cats,” said Richard Gilbreth, Executive Director International Exotic Feline Sanctuary.
It’s a chance the tiger desperately needed. He was among more than a dozen exotic animals rescued from a private ranch. The animal had been kept in a small cage for more than nine years.
Louis Dorfman is the sanctuary’s animal behaviorist. He is the only person allowed to interact with the cats. “I guess this would be in human terms like post traumatic stress syndrome.”
When the time is right the new tiger will move into an enclosure that’s about 3,000 square feet large. He’ll spend the rest of his life there.
There’s plenty of room to roam, run around, and play in, there’s even a pool in the corner. Sanctuary workers say it’s all about emotional, behavioral and environmental enrichment.
“He’ll never get over what he’s been through but he’ll have a much better life than he had,” Dorfman said.
That new life comes at a hefty price. It costs more than $10,000 a year to feed each cat.
The new tiger doesn’t have a name yet, but you could change that.
“If someone would step up to the plate and support this cat for the rest of his life, say at $20,000, they have the right to name this cat,” Gilbreth said.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
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to more than 100 big cats
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