Honing their skills
These Siberian tiger cubs are about 12 wks old.
They are just starting to get weaned off the bottle and are learning to take care of bodily functions on their own (up to this time they have needed a certain kind of simulation in order to induced them to do both. In the wild the mother takes care of this little bit of encouragement, until they are about this age, at which time they become "self motivated". If they are too young when "rescued" the staff needs to act for mama.
These youngsters were taken away from an unlicenced private party by authorities.
As I said, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jacksonville, Fl, where I took these pics, is a licensed rescue facility and has 41 cats at the present time.
They have been in the rescue business for 27 years but have only been open to the pubic (weekends and special events only) for 10 years.
They have Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, spotted and black leopards, a serval, two coatimundis and
two arctic foxes. all were either donated or confiscated by the government.
They are not a zoo nor do they breed the animals. When an animal comes to their 10 acre facility it will be there for the rest of its natural life.
They are funded through grants and private donations and receive no tax-payer's dollars.
If you are interested in donating go to their web site (I have not affiation with with them what-so-ever in case you were wondering).