In 2013, when Cara was only five months, she was discovered during a police raid on a private residence in Napels, Italy. The young tiger cub was locked in a shed, a tiny concrete cell with no windows, meaning poor Cara lived in confined darkness. As the private ownership of Cara was illegal, the Italian police immediately confiscated her, so she would never have to suffer this way again.
A new life for the tigress
Following her confiscation in Italy, FOUR PAWS assisted in the transfer of the cub to a facility in Germany. Here she was able to get specialist care and be accommodated in a well equipped facility for big cats.
When TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary opened a new big cat center in the summer of 2015, it was decided the facility would be even better for the tigress. She was then transferred to her new home!
Visitors favorite at TIERART!
Cara has a friendly, inquisitive nature and when she hears something happening in the vicinity of her enclosure, she is always curious and checks out what is happening. She enjoys greeting people at the fence of the enclosure with the typical "tiger puff" and even lays down on her back as if asking for a scratch.
It wasn't long before she became a favorite of the visitors at the sanctuary due to her playful nature!
Update June 2020
In December 2019, Cara underwent some specialist dental treatment, as she had damage to one of her upper canine teeth. On an honorary basis, the Danish specialist for animal dentistry, Jens Ruhnau and his team traveled to TIERART to prepare and treat Cara. Cara's tooth was crowned in gold.
However, sadly for Cara, it wasn't a long-term success as the damage of the underlying tooth was just too great and she lost her upper canine. The crown and tooth were found in her enclosure in the morning.
The most important thing right now is that Cara is well, not in pain, and plays, frolics and eats normally. The vet team was informed immediately about the incident and a preventative treatment plan was drawn up to prevent any further issues. As soon as the regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic allow it, the specialists from Denmark will arrive and treat Cara again.
Update September 2020
Cara is doing very well and at the beginning of the month, the tigress' broken tooth was finally treated by the specialists from Denmark. Fortunately, no inflammation could be detected despite the root canal being open since her canine broke off months ago. Cara received the treatment for the root canal and the remaining part of the canine tooth was sealed and polished. Cara is now finally allowed to get meat with bones again and can bite down firmly again!