An animal sanctuary housing tigers was discovered at an undisclosed Texas location. Two bears were also seized from the property.
Texas Parks and Wildlife contacted In-Sync Exotics and they found that white tigers were being kept on the property. Two tigers were rescued from the site.
The story behind the big cats’ rescue is still unclear at this point. Investigators believe that the Tigers are about six-years-old.Rescuers named the boy Asad. The girl is named Zahar.
Founder and President of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center in Wylie, Texas Vicky Keahey said: “People will do just about anything to breed white tigers.”
Keahey added: “It’s pretty crazy because they don’t really do seizures and confiscations a lot. So, when there is a seizure or confiscation, it can be a little scary.”
The size two white tigers are now under quarantine at an exotic animal sanctuary in North Texas. In-Sync Exotic’s staff observed that the animals have some health-related problems.
Keahey said: “They have really bad eye problems. They are both cross-eyed.”
Rescuers said it is not uncommon in Texas to find individuals housing tigers without carrying the necessary permits. Keahey said it is especially a large problem in Texas. She said there’s a lot of people that have illegal ownership of all kinds of different exotic animals. Alarmingly, she also said there are more tigers in Texas than there are in the wild.
The sanctuary will continue to treat the rescued tigers along with the 77 other animals in their property. The seized bears, meanwhile, have been moved to a zoo in Gainesville, Texas.
The sanctuary operates primarily on donations. It also allows for educational tours and visits by the public.