Tigers rescued from breeding facility in Argentina

Tigers rescued from breeding facility in Argentina
Tiger being examined, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 May 2023, photo: Four Paws/Hristo Vladev

Two Bengal tigers have been rescued from a breeding facility in Argentina in a joint operation by Argentine officials and animal welfare organization Four Paws.

The tigers, aged 5 and 18 years, were living in unsuitable conditions and showed signs of malnourishment, according to a statement from Argentina’s Ministry of Environment. The rescue operation saw the younger tiger anesthetized while the older tiger was guided into a transport cage.

“We are very happy we succeeded now to bring the two tigers. One was anesthetized, one without anesthesia. Sure, the younger tiger took a longer time, as expected, due to the size of the enclosure, the situation, and the position of the tiger. But finally, we succeeded in bringing the tiger out,” said Four Paws veterinarian Amir Khalil.

The tigers have been fitted with microchips and have received medical checks and medication. “We are on our way back to Buenos Aires. We still have a longer trip, about 5 to 6 hours, with two stops to check on the tigers,” Khalil added. The tigers will then embark on an even longer trip to Jordan, with a stop in Istanbul.

The tigers will be relocated to the Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife Sanctuary in Jordan, a facility managed by Four Paws in partnership with the Princess Alia Foundation. Here, they can recover and live in a habitat more suited to their natural needs.

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