indias tongue

Species: Bengal Tiger
(Panthera tigris tigris)

Sex: Female
Born: June 22, 2011
Rescued: December 22, 2014

tiger being cute

India Apophis, Kabul, Solomon, India, Kali and Odin all came from a breeding facility in Wisconsin. The facility was being shut down due to unhealthy living conditions and non-compliance issues with the USDA. When we were first contacted about the cats we were asked to take in two much younger cubs, Kali and Odin. When we heard how the placing facility wanted to use the cubs for a staged and set up rescue to be aired on television we decided to not be a part of their show. We do not believe that using animals for television purposes is in the best interest of the animals.  We had been involved in a televised rescue before, and learned about the way things were done. We vowed then to never take part in anything like that again. When we declined to do the television show the placing facility withdrew their request for us to take the cubs. About a week later that same facility called back and asked if we could take 4 of the older cats they had. We agreed by leaving a voicemail saying we needed the cubs to be included. Within 4 days all 6 of the cats showed up in our driveway. Since we didn’t have any notice as to if and when the cats would be here, we had to do some fancy stepping to get things ready for them. None of the cats had names that we knew of and no one that came with the cats had any information about the cats that they were willing to share. India shares her living quarters with the 3 boys, so you can imagine how much work it is putting up with them.  As they say, however, “never cross a woman”! India has these boys right where she wants them and they all know she is the boss. At enrichment time, she goes first. At dinner time, she goes first. She can also be very loving and tolerant with the boys (and staff), you just have to know when she’s in the right mood!