Tiger rescued from freezing cold transferred to wildlife sanctuary


After a 5 hour trip from San Antonio, Elsa looked upbeat and happy when she arrived at the Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.

MURCHISON, Texas – Elsa the tigress finishes her fairy tale. She may have even met her prince charming.

The exuberant young tiger rescued near San Antonio settles into his new home in a wildlife preserve near Tyler.

Elsa was rescued by Bexar County MPs earlier this month after someone reported a weeping tiger was left in the freezing cold on someone’s property.

The 6-month-old, 60-pound tiger has a raw area on his forehead after rubbing his cage due to stress, according to the Humane Society US. She has fur because she wears a dog harness.

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The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office took Elsa to a local wildlife rehabilitation center until the temperatures warmed enough for her to be transported safely to her new home.

After a 5-hour trip from San Antonio on Tuesday, Elsa looked upbeat and happy when she arrived at the Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.

Her life there will likely improve dramatically, according to Noelle Almrud, senior manager of Black Beauty.

“She was on an improper diet which would have caused serious health problems, but luckily we got it soon enough and we can fix it,” Almrud said. “We expect it to quickly acclimate to its vast natural habitat and begin to behave more like a tiger than a pet. We will provide everything she needs to have all of her physical and emotional needs met and give her the fairytale ending she deserves.

Elsa will be quarantined for the next 30 days to ensure she is healthy.

When she is a little older, she will be introduced to a larger space and may be able to join Loki, another tiger who came to Black Beauty in February 2019. Loki was discovered in an abandoned house in Houston, trapped in a cage where he could barely move. Now Loki and Elsa are in adjacent habitats and are already very curious about each other. Love connection, does he purr?

Texas has a history of tragic incidents involving tigers that were owned by individuals. A 3-year-old boy was killed by a parent’s pet tiger; a 4-year-old boy had his arm ripped off by his uncle’s 400-pound tiger, and a 10-year-old girl was killed when one of two tigers in her family grabbed her by the neck and dragged her .

“Little young tigers like Elsa are getting big, dangerous and deadly fast,” warned Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “The private possession of tigers as pets and their use in petting ‘operations’ as we saw in ‘Tiger King’ is a serious and sometimes fatal problem in this country. “

At the federal level, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would help prevent people from treating tigers like pets. It would also ban public contact with tigers, lions and other dangerous cat species in places like the zoo featured in “Tiger King”.

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