Rescue

Tiger cub bound for the circus gets rescued and grows up into happiest cat

April 1st, 2021

Usually, tiger cubs’ lives are contained in circuses and zoos, or maybe they’ll be part of cub-petting operations. This is Wildcat Sanctuary’s goal – to rescue them and allow them to live freely by making their own choices and paths to take.

An unexpected rescue.

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Tammy Thies of the Wildcat Sanctuary said that they came to rescue and rehome four big cats, but they didn’t expect to see Dash.

Dash is the tiniest tiger cub the sanctuary has rescued to date. He weighed 3 to 3.5 pounds when he was rescued. Seems that Dash was still a newborn cub as his eyes were still closed and his ears were still folded down.

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Dash showing some of his tiger skills.

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It is said that Dash is very vocal and he’s making some noise whenever he’s mad or having some tantrums. But as days go by, he became a cheerful and energetic cub. He’s starting to gain weight, too! Aside from that, he has learned to roll over.

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He has doubled his size after a month.

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How time flies! By Dash’s third week in the sanctuary, he can now crawl and walk. And he has grown so much in a span of four weeks. His eyes are wide open now and his ears are slowly popping up. Isn’t he cute?

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Dash has a tiger stuffed toy when he was a tiny cub, but now he’s bigger than his toy!

You can easily see how big Dash now is because he overtowers his tiger stuff toy which used to cradle him when he was just a tiny cub.

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Dash owning the “Dash the Destroyer” nickname.

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As he is reaching his two-month mark, Dash became so playful to the point that his caretakers in the Wildcat Sanctuary should closely monitor him. He’s playing with tissue paper rolls, his bed, and various toys. He has been transferred to a big boy room too because he’s over 20 pounds now and gains weight each day that passes.

Everything is his prey.

On his ninth week, Dash demonstrated his prey-predator instinct. Every toy he stumbled upon, he considers it as his prey. He played with it while discovering how he will destroy it and shatter it into pieces. Dash became more playful than ever. Most of his time was dedicated to playtime.

The cold never bothered Dash anyway.

When Dash went outdoors for the very first time, he didn’t miss a beat! He loved the outside world so much. He played in the snow, climbed on the logs, and jumped here and there. His name suits him well as he dashes over the snow every time he has a chance.

Who would’ve thought that Dash is the tiniest cub rescued two months ago?

After Dash had been rehomed in the Wildcat Sanctuary, he has grown so much and became a happy and independent tiger.

And now that he’s introduced to the outside world, Tammy and the whole sanctuary will continue to guide him and ensure his safety in his new habitat until he is now ready to meet and live with his fellow tigers. Keep dashing, Dash!

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