tacoma the tiger

Species: Siberian Tiger
(Panthera tigris altaica)

Sex: Male, neutered
Born: October 27, 1999
Rescued: August 7, 2000
Weight at Rescue: 180 lbs.
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge:

tiger splashing

rescue tiger

Tacoma was rescued from the same place we found Kiro, and much to our surprise we learned that Tacoma is Kiro’s younger brother. He is a beautiful tiger, but sadly was discarded because of his coloring. When we rescued him we noticed a place on his side that looked like a bubble and were told all we had to do was drain it.

Our veterinarian informed us during Tacoma’s initial exam that he had a hernia the size of a grapefruit, and the bubble was caused from his kidneys and intestines pushing through the hernia. We had to do emergency surgery immediately, else Tacoma could have died during play had he torn open the area where the hernia was. It took him about 3 weeks to recover, and now he’s one of the most playful tigers we have. One of his favorite things to do is to get in the pool or tub and blow bubbles with his nose.

He also loves to bobble any big toy in the water. Tacoma is very sweet and friendly and is usually the first to say hello to the visitors. He loves it when the volunteers and visitors talk to him and will gladly pose for a picture.
He’s even been featured on the cover of a magazine and our local phonebook.

tacoma swimming