The International Fund for Animal Welfare rescued two tigers, Lily and Carli, from Buffalo, NY, where they were kept in filthy conditions in a small cage. Although tigers and other wildlife should never be kept as pets, that does not deter unethical people from marketing and abusing wild tigers. The International Fund for Animal Welfare rehomed these beautiful creatures in a wildlife sanctuary called Safe Haven, in Nevada.
Although cats in general do not like water (if you don’t believe it, try to bathe your housecat), tigers do like to cool off and swim. The big cats had metal tubs to bathe in; however, in the hot weather the metal heats up in the scorching sun and warms the water. The solution was to build the tigers a lovely fresh water pool where they can swim and play to their heart’s content. IFAW Officer Kelly Donithan, went to Nevada to check in on the two tigers, whom she last saw during their initial rescue and see how they were enjoying their new pool.
The first tiger in Lily, carefully dipped her paw in the pool, and deciding it was nice, went in for a swim, liking it so much she opted to lie down in the cool water. Seeing her tiger friend, Carli, checking out the scene, Lily beckons to Carli to join in the fun. Lily gets quite frisky in the water and starts splashing and running whirlpools, while trying to get Carli’s attention. Carli is still hesitant but will no doubt accept the invitation of her tiger sister to have a pool party.
Watch videos of these lovely cats enjoying their new water feature to see how wild creatures are treated ethically and kindly once they are rescued from those who take them from the wild for misguided entertainment. The best way to enjoy these big cats is to watch them from afar, behind our electronic screens, so we don’t interrupt their eco balance and put ourselves in jeopardy.
Taking animals out of their natural habitat deprives them of so many of their life essentials, like bathing, swimming and play. According to estimates, up to 20,000 big, wild cats are kept in the United States, cruelly keeping them from the natural life they were meant to enjoy. Thanks to rescue organizations like IFAW, and The Safe Haven Zoo in Nevada, tigers such as Carli and Lily are protected and get to enjoy some of the comforts of their natural home, like a refreshing swim on a warm day.