Mila and her sister, Riley, are currently the youngest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue. They are extremely playful and have lots of energy! Mila stands apart from Riley because of her heart shaped pink nose. She loves attention and is very social. She is quick to come up to the fence for chuffles. Mila loves to roll around in straw and take in the scents of the other animals around the sanctuary. Though they are very similar, Riley is more dominant than Mila and Mila steps out of her sister’s way.
Born November 1, 2014
Rescued December 11, 2016
How Mila Came to the Sanctuary
Mila and her enclosure-mate Riley came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a facility that closed down in the fall of 2016. The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date for Carolina Tiger Rescue and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States.
Mila is a very silly tiger with a fantastic and playful personality. She loves to roll around and rub on whatever she can find. Mila is not particularly food-motivated; she seems to prefer enrichment, especially pumpkins and Christmas trees!
Mila is a bit shorter and heavier than her sister Riley. She has lots of small, thin stripes that cover her body. Mila's left eye is a bit more squinted than her right which is due to a hereditary issue that caused her to be born without part of her eyelid. Our vet repaired the eyelid, however, she still squints the left eye more than the right. Mila is submissive to Riley and stays out of her way when food is involved.
Where in Sanctuary
Mila lives off the tour path with her sister Riley in Pine Forest. Shira Tiger lives on one side of them and Tasha Tiger lives across the path, as do Mona and Moki Tigers. Just down the road from Mila and Riley are Roscoe and Camilla Tigers.
The unfortunate truth is that most wild animals are often worth more dead than alive. A tiger’s worth grows exponentially once it's dead because every part of a tiger’s body, including the ground it dies on, can be harvested and sold for a profit. A dead tiger is worth $50,000 to $60,000 on the black market. A tiger’s eyes alone can be sold for over $200 to those who think they can help cure epilepsy, as believed in traditional Chinese medicine. In the last 100 years, poaching has led to the decline of 97% of the tiger’s wild population. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who use tiger parts in any form or anyone who is involved in the buying, selling, or trading of tigers and their parts.