FIVE malnourished tigers that were born in a Spanish circus, kept locked in small ‘concrete cages’, and ‘used for entertainment purposes’ until 2017, have found a new home in Britain.
After an inspirational rescue mission involving teams in both Spain and the UK, the five tigers have finally settled.
Founder of the Wildheart Trust, Charlotte Corney, was accompanied by her long-term partner, Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, on a trip to Spain in order to transfer the big cats from Spain to the UK.
A Just Giving campaign set up by the Wildheart Trust provided funds of over £82,000 so far towards rehoming the tigers in Britain after their rehabilitation in the AAP Primadomus rescue facility in Alicante.
The five tigers, Natasha, Antonella, Zoppa, Mondo and Girona, were initially saved from the squalid conditions of the circus by the AAP Primadomus animal rescue centre on the Costa Blanca in 2017.
All five tigers have now been permanently rehomed at the Isle of Wight Zoo under the care of the Wildheart Trust and Charlotte Corney.
Ms. Corney told the British press that the money raised by supporters of her campaign has been used to fund construction at the zoo in order to accommodate the tigers.
The Wildheart Trust director added that her organisation will ensure the animals will never again be subjected to the abuse and neglect which they suffered during their time with the circus in Spain.
The tigers are reportedly settling in well to their new enclosure in Britain and the Wildheart Trust continues to gratefully receive donations for the continued care of the big cats.