Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A Trail of Tears: Big Cat Ownership

"Here we go again," I thought as I hung up the phone. Another private owner has eight tigers and can't afford to care for them anymore. "Where can we possibly put them this time?"
A week later a team of rescuers is on site, but not before countless hours of planning. Calls fly among sanctuaries to see who might have room. Someone else is lining up a vet team to tranquilize and perform an exam, acquiring permits and other paperwork to take the animals across state lines. Another team member is obtaining climate-controlled trailers to accommodate the long trek to the cats' new homes. And then there's funding. It takes a significant amount of money to build new enclosures, bring in teams, and pay for drugs, vaccinations, fuel, and other necessities for the move. These are just some of the logistics involved in finding these animals adequate lifetime care.

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