Indy the rescued tiger cub officially moves in to Sandstone’s Wildcat Sanctuary
Indy the rescued tiger cub is enjoying her spacious new home at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Minnesota.
She is now apart of the 130 big cats and is one of the most active cubs too. She enjoys playing with her toys and taking a dip in her pool. She is also a very vocal tiger cub according to the sanctuary. She can be heard chuffing which the sanctuary says is a tiger’s way of saying hello.
Before coming to Minnesota, an Arizona man was arrested in January for illegally listing her for sale on social media. He was apprehended after making a deal to sell the cub to undercover officers for $20,000. These officers found the cub living in a dog kennel in the man’s closet. The sanctuary was then contacted and the staff drove 3,400 miles round-trip to pick up Indy.
The trafficking of big cats is becoming a bigger problem across the U.S.
Tammy Thies, the founder and Executive Director of The Wildcat Sanctuary says, “”In the last year and a half we’ve seen more trafficked tiger cubs and big cat cubs across the U.S. than we have ever seen before. And so we and other sanctuaries have these cubs in our care but we really need to stop the trafficking and really do enforcements to really find who’s breeding and selling these animals online and underground for the black market.”
The sanctuary is not open to the public but they are actively looking for donations and volunteers. You can find out more on their website.
And the public can watch Indy grow up on the The Wildcat Sanctuary’s Facebook and Instagram pages.