Ukaidi, and her siblings Pepsi and Athena, are three of the ten tigers and three cougars who all came from Van, Texas. They are the youngest of the group, only three years old when they came to live with us, so they became known as “the kids.”

The Van cats came in three separate groups. The three cougars arrived January 14th, seven of the tigers arrived February 4th, and the remaining three tigers came home February 5th, 2014. All thirteen cats were re-homed as part of an agreement between In-Sync Exotics and the Caruth C Byrd Wildlife Foundation, which were re-homing their carnivores.

The Van cats ranged in ages three to eighteen, and some were more human imprinted than others.

ukaidi playing with paper
peps and ukadi enrichment by the tree

Ukaidi and her siblings are some of the less human-imprinted cats. While some of our cats beg for human attention and company, these three usually do not. That isn’t to say that they don’t trust us or have bonds with their favorite humans, it just looks a little different than some of our more overtly friendly cats.

Ukaidi and her siblings are mischievous and playful. They love to poke each others’ buttons but then will all sleep in one cuddle puddle. Ukaidi loves her large toys on the playground and keeping a close eye on the humans cleaning her enclosure. We are glad that this trio found a safe home with us.

ukaidi pool
ukaidi laying next to a watermelon

Species: Bengal Tiger
(Panthera tigris tigris)

Sex: Female
Born: August 5, 2010
Rescued: February 5, 2014

ukaidi playing with paper