In 2013, when Cara was only five months, she was discovered during a police raid on a private residence on Naples, 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, 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 station in the summer of 2015, it was decided the facility would be even better for the tigress. She was transferred to her new home!
Visitors' favourite at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary!
Cara had developed friendly people-orientated nature 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 favourite of the visitors at the sanctuary due to her great 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 travelled 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, is not in pain and plays, frolics and eats normally. The vet team has been 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.
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 bone again and can bite firmly again!