Zahra

Zahra

Species: Bengal Tiger
(Panthera tigris tigris)

Sex: Female
Born: July 25, 2012
Rescued: January 18, 2018

Zahra Zahra and Assad were confiscated by the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks & Wildlife officers.  Their owners did not have the proper permits to own them. They were living in a cage in a barren field, with no human habitation in sight.  They had no platforms, no pools, no toys, no enrichment of any kind. We were told the animals didn’t even have names. We picked them up, and also transported the two bears from the same place to the Frank Buck Zoo, at the request of Texas Parks & Wildlife.  Zahra is outgoing and really loves enrichment! She was pretty nervous when we gave her access to her playground after their quarantine period was over, but quickly learned to enjoy her waterfall and toys! Zahra surprised us all greatly on 3/6/18, when she gave birth to a single, male cub.  We knew there was a chance that she was pregnant when she was rescued, because she and her brother Assad had been living together, and neither was altered. We immediately neutered Assad upon rescue, but delayed her spay due to the possibility that she was pregnant. Apparently she was about 2 months pregnant at the time of rescue.  She was not aggressive to the cub, and cleaned him, but she would not nurse him. After allowing him to cry for 6 hours, hoping it would trigger her to nurse him, we had to make the decision to save him by bringing him into our vet clinic to be hand-reared.

Zahra