It’s unclear how she got into such a bad situation, but when Vicky Keahey, founder of Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, found her, Aasha was in critical condition. She weighed less than 30 pounds, which should be the weight of a three-month-old cub, but she was almost nine.
Vicky, who was deeply concerned about Aasha’s deteriorating condition, attempted to discover what had happened to her.”I wondered how a 9-month-old tiger could be that small,” she told The Dodo.The poor tiger cub turned out to be a member of a traveling circus.She wasn’t allowed to eat because she was kept in a cage with a larger animal.Furthermore, she developed a skin infection known as ringworm, which was exacerbated by a lack of proper care.So Vicky made the decision to take Aasha away and care for her.As a result, she was taken to an isolated enclosure at In-Sync Exotics, according to the Dodo.
“Aasha’s bald spots covered almost her entire body, and her skin was dry, cracked, darkened, and bleeding,” Vicky explained.”I would go in twice a day to give Aasha medications and spend time with her.”I knew I’d have to deal with her in order to get her well.”And after only a few weeks of proper care, the wild kitten’s situation had never looked better. “After eight weeks of treatments, you could see little bits of fuzz growing back to [what were once] bald spots,” the sweet Vicky explained.However, it took nearly eight months for Aasha to recover completely. “Within eight months, she resembled a real tiger, and it was time to see how she would react to other tigers,” Vicky added.And she’s completely unrecognizable right now!