After Enduring Abuse, This Rescued Tiger Cub Is Loving Her New Life With Her Best Friend

Aasha, a Bengal tiger cub, was 9 months old, and she only weighed only 30 pounds. The poor thing belonged to a traveling circus where she was not only mistreated but also picked on by a much larger tiger. Vicky Keahey, founder of Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, took her under her rescue’s care back in 2011.

“Aasha’s bald spots covered almost her entire body and her skin was dry [with] cracked, darken areas and bleeding,” Keahey said. The cub was suffering from ringworm and had open wounds. “Every day, twice a day, I would go in and give Aasha medications and spend time with her.” She would also give her medicated baths, which she disliked so much that Keahey had to chase her after. After 8 weeks of treatment, Aasha’s fur began to heal and she became fond of swimming! “Within eight months she looked like a real tiger.” Aasha was then introduced to a bigger tiger named Smuggler who “went crazy for her and was always showing off for her.” Now the two live in the same enclosure together and Aasha is a healthy and very much loved tigress!

This 9-month-old tiger was so sick, she weighed 30 pounds when she was supposed to weigh around 120.

sick young tiger rescued

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

sick young tiger rescued

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

sick young tiger rescued

At first, Keahey would have to chase Aasha to get her into medicated baths… but the cub soon started to like them and her condition improved drastically!

sick young tiger rescued

“Within eight months she looked like a real tiger.”

sick young tiger rescued

Aasha was then introduced to a bigger tiger named Smuggler who “went crazy for her and was always showing off for her.”

sick young tiger rescued

Now the two live in the same enclosure together and Aasha is a healthy and very much loved tigress!

sick young tiger rescued

And she just can’t get enough of baths!

sick young tiger rescued

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