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Siberian Tigers Saved, Now Watch Them Play in Water for the First Time

Siberian tigers Carli and Lily were living in a small, filthy cage when they were rescued by animal welfare officers. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Siberian tigers Carli and Lily were living in a small, filthy cage when they were rescued by animal welfare officers. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Siberian tigers Carli and Lily were living in a small, filthy cage when they were rescued by animal welfare officers. The International Fund for Animal Welfare explains they were taken to Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Nevada, where sanctuary workers immediately began the long, difficult process of teaching them how to be tigers again after a lifetime of captivity and neglect.

The sanctuary with help from the IFAW they built in ground swimming pools for Carli and Lily who had never been swimming before.  Image: Screenshot/YouTube

At the sanctuary, with help from the IFAW, they built in ground swimming pools for Carli and Lily, who had never been swimming before. (Screenshot/YouTube)

There is somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 big cats that are being kept as pets in the U.S. today, and that is a conservative estimate. To get a better idea of how much that is, you could fill Madison Square Garden with all these lions, tigers, and pumas.

Rescued tigers swim for the first time:

In May 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York State confiscated 17 animals from a facility that had lost its license. The conditions at the facility had deteriorated rapidly, and the rescue of these magnificence animals became urgent. Safe Haven Rescue Zoo said: “The animals apparently had been without food and water for several days.”

Among the 17 animals were two Siberian tigers, whose names are Carli and Lily. These two tigers had been together for 12 years. Safe Haven wrote on their website: “We are thrilled to be able to keep them together at their forever home at Safe Haven.”

The sanctuary's veterinarian, Dr. Lesli Hewitt-Spears of Quail Ridge Animal Hospital in Carson City, said the tigers were underweight when they arrived at Safe Haven.  Image: Screenshot/YouTube

The sanctuary’s veterinarian, Dr. Lesli Hewitt-Spears of Quail Ridge Animal Hospital in Carson City, said the tigers were underweight when they arrived at Safe Haven. (Screenshot/YouTube)

In the wild, big cats spend their time travelling vast distances to hunt, seek mates, and stake out territory. Most species are primarily nocturnal, and with the exception of lions and male cheetahs, are solitary by nature.

Housing incompatible animals together in cramped quarters has frequently led to big cats killing their cage mates.

Most of the estimated 5,000 to 7,000 captive tigers in the U.S. are held at roadside and travelling zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, and private menageries where they are subjected to extreme confinement and neglect, The Humane Society wrote on their webpage.

The Siberian tiger with David Attenborough:

“There’s no way you can take a tiger that has lived with humans and release it,” said Lynda Sugasa to RGJ, who owns Safe Haven with her husband David. “They are all here for life. Some were owned privately, and people couldn’t care for them, but these two had not been fed and were taken.”

The sanctuary’s veterinarian, Dr. Lesli Hewitt-Spears of Quail Ridge Animal Hospital in Carson City, said the tigers were underweight when they arrived at Safe Haven. “The conditions they came from were awful,” she said. “They needed a couple hundred more pounds put on them. They were not eating well and were lethargic.”

Well now they are in good hands and can live out the rest of their lives in happiness. I find it hard to understand how people are so stupid or just ignorant to the fact that they will not be able to look after these big cats once they get older. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

Well, now they are in good hands and can live out the rest of their lives in happiness. I find it hard to understand how people are so stupid or just ignorant to the fact that they will not be able to look after these big cats once they get older. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Well, now they are in good hands and can live out the rest of their lives in happiness. I find it hard to understand how people are so stupid or just ignorant of the fact that they will not be able to look after these big cats once they get older.

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