is a 10-year-old Bengal hybrid tiger rescued with a
number of other exotic animals from the Collins Zoo in
Mississippi in January 2012. The story and a video of
her rescue can be found
The rescue was a joint effort involving
the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks, The Humane Society US,
and the excellent sanctuaries who made homes for the
animals. HSUS and state officials put in years of
work to close the roadside zoo where many animals died
of abuse and neglect. The lion in the undercover video
leading up to the rescue did not survive.
The photo above shows Natalia taking
her first step from her transport cage into the
quarantine area at
the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
The photo below shows Natalia
(foreground) and littermate Anastasia in Mississippi,
where they were kept in a concrete enclosure. Both
female tigers were unsure about stepping on grass as it
seemed to be a new experience. The third tiger, an older
male named Gustavo,
literally bolted from his transport cage. All
three are being rehabilitated at Black Beauty as they
wait for the courts to decide on their custody.
Natalia is the more assertive and
adventurous of the two females. She eats first and is
the first to explore their new home and play with
new toys. Anastasia doesn't mind as she knows
there is enough food.
Natalia likes her ball.
All three Mississippi
rescue tigers will soon enjoy spacious multi-acre enclosures that
will allow them to really run.
Natalia scratches her log at Black Beauty Ranch.
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