What a wonderful unforgettable day we had at Catty Shack Ranch on New Year’s Eve Day, 2011. Five little girl tiger cubs arrived at the Ranch, their new permanent home. They were 2 sets of sisters – 2 being 5 weeks old and 3 being 3 weeks old. All were nameless. They came from a facility (a licensed breeder) that could no longer care for them. We remain so grateful that we were asked to give these precious girls a forever home.
The three younger cubs became Jade, Cayenne and Nikki. As a youngster, Cayenne wore a red collar. She and her sister Jade were given elegant names based on the colors of their collars and bottles. Now that they are full grown, Cayenne is less fluffy than her sister Jade but has thicker looking fur than sibling Nikki. Cayenne has a trident shaped mark on her left cheek. However, her trident’s handle is not centered; it is over the far right fork.
Cayenne loves to play and stir her roommates into action. Oh, how appropriate her name is as she injects some spice in their lives. She pounces on sticks, does laps around their enclosure and stalks neighboring tigers across the aisle. Even if no one else will play, she creates a lot of fun for herself playing her games. All the activity Cayenne and the other girls indulge in reminds us of two of the words used to describe a group of tigers. A streak of tigers or an ambush of tigers – both terms certainly describe our 5 girls!
In the wild, tigers lead solitary lives. In captivity, some do enjoy living with other tigers. Given all the fun the 5 girls have playing together, we hope that they will always be amenable to living together. All their activity amuses and entertains our visitors and our volunteers.
At Catty Shack Ranch, Cayenne enjoys a healthy diet of raw meat with vitamins and supplements appropriate to her species, age and current health conditions. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.
Born: December 9, 2011
Rescued: December 31, 2011
Classification: Panthera tigris altaica (Siberian tiger)