Shenandoah is a little more reserved than her enclosure mate Saber, often preferring to watch things from a distance. She is, however, showing the resident vultures that she is not a tiger to be messed with. Shenandoah enjoys finding a patch of sun and soaking up the rays on cool days.
How Shenandoah Came to the Sanctuary
Shenandoah came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure mate Saber and 14 other animals from a facility out west. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.
Shenandoah is very reserved and much more laid back than her enclosure mate Saber. Shenandoah prefers to view the action from afar and cannot easily be coaxed up to the fence for a visit, unless of course it is time for her meal. Shenandoah has proved a very worthy opponent of the vultures and does her best to keep them out of her enclosure. When she's not napping she can often be found chasing the pesky birds.
Shenandoah has very light coat with very light stripes. It is almost as if she has been washed out by the sun. Shenandoah also has canines, the large teeth at the top and bottom of her jaw, that have been filed down - a practice very common among cubs that are used in cub petting or cub photo-op businesses.
Shenandoah and her enclosure mate Saber live in Pine Forest. They are next to Mona and Moki Tigers.
Teeth Filing and Declawing
During her physical, it was discovered that Shenandoah's canines are filed down and she is declawed on all four paws. This is a common practice in the world of cub petting. Cub petting is when tourists are allowed to take pictures and feed bottles to cubs for money. Those who own the cubs often file down the cubs' teeth, or sometimes even pull them, and have them declawed to make them "safe". Much like kittens and puppies, tiger cubs love to play with their teeth and their paws which can certainly lead to injury. To ensure that patrons are not injured, the teeth and claws are removed. Removing the claws of a wild cat, especially one as large as tigers, causes the cat to walk in an unnatural way and can quickly cause them to develop arthritis. The filing or pulling of the teeth leads to many problems with the jaw and other teeth. Shenandoah will likely have to have her canines removed which requires a full extraction of the tooth and root. A tiger's canine root extends down under and along the jaw bone and can often be several inches long. This is a painful procedure but one that is necessary because those teeth that were filed have died and are decaying. Carolina Tiger Rescue is against cub petting in any form and asks that you not support - either directly or indirectly - those who are participating in this act.