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Tigress rescued from private ownership

July 14, 2014 - Last weekend, FOUR PAWS brought a young tigress from Italy to the Rüsselsheim animal shelter in Hessen (Germany). The big cat, around one year old, had been illegally kept in a tiny cage through private ownership and was discovered and confiscated by the Italian police during a raid, when the tigress was only five months old. After finding the tigress, the police informed the Italian animal welfare organization LAV (Lega Anti Vivisezione), who in turn, asked FOUR PAWS for help.

The young tigress had to live in a tiny cage
© Stefano Renna

FOUR PAWS finds temporary residence for the big cat

On July 11, a team of FOUR PAWS and LAV wild animal experts and veterinarians, anaesthetized the tigress and transferred her to a 2700 square foot outdoor enclosure in the Rüsselsheim, Germany animal shelter. There, she will find a temporary home. “I am so relieved that after the long journey, the tigress arrived safe and sound”, declared Ioana Dungler, FOUR PAWS Director of Projects, who accompanied the transport. 

In Rüsselsheim the tigress finds a temporary home until she can be transferred to LIONSROCK Santuary.
© VIER PFOTEN | Thomas Scheffel

New home in LIONSROCK

For the Italian tigress, her stay at the animal shelter will only be temporary. As soon as she is healthy enough, and the CITES import and export documents and official authorizations are received, she will travel to FOUR PAWS’ Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK, in South Africa. 



112 big cats have already been rescued by FOUR PAWS

For many years, FOUR PAWS has been working hard to rescue big cats from their misery, living in inadequatezoos or in private hands. FOUR PAWS has a great deal of experience in the transport of lions, tigers and other wild animals. Over the last few years, more than 80 lions and tigers from Europe, Asia and Africa have been brought to LIONSROCK; 18 transfers in all. Up til now, 112 big cats have been rescued and are living under the African sun, on a reservation closely resembling the wild, in an area of more than 2.5 acres.