WYLIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Another white tiger has been given a new chance at a better life at a big cat sanctuary in North Texas.
In-Sync Exotics said Thursday, a white tiger named Gus was surrendered from private ownership in South Texas into the custody and care of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center.
The male tiger is approximately 8 years old and “appears to be in decent health upon arrival,” according to staff veterinarians.
He was previously fed a diet of only chicken, and is being transitioned over to an appropriate diet of red meat.
Gus makes the third white tiger rescued by In-Sync Exotics this year.
On Monday, a white tiger and snow white tiger, seized in January were given a clean bill of health, and released from quarantine, at the big cat sanctuary.
White tigers are often highly sought by private owners, backyard breeders, and the cub petting industry because of their striking coloration and often suffer exploitation, abuse, and neglect, In-Sync Exotics explained in a news release.
The tiger will be in mandatory quarantine for 30 days while he is tested for diseases and parasites, and his health is monitored by staff veterinarian, veterinary technician, and keepers.