Tiger Tsezar was exploited in a private club in Ukraine and used for intensive breeding. Living among his own faeces, he was left to die. Luckily he could be rescued by local activists.
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A sad start to life
The 11 year old Tsezar had a sad start to life, being exploited in a private club in Ukraine and on top of that, used for intensice breeding. Dehydrated, malnourished and lying in his own faeces, he was left to die.
Thanks to animal rights activists, Tsezar and another tiger, female Kleopatra, were confiscated and brought to Wild Animal Rescue near Kiev as a safe, but temporary solution. Unfortunately, Kleopatra died because of lung cancer.
In October 2021, FOUR PAWS managed to transfer Tsezar from Ukraine all the way to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands. It was a long, exhausting journey in which the team had to undergo multiple time-consuming paperwork procedures. However, we are beyond proud how Tsezar has been holding up. Despite the many hours on the road, Tsezar was doing surprisingly well, being strong and alert.
Of course, nothing made us feel better than finally watching Tsezar set foot into his new enclosure. The first 24 hours after his arrival, he really needed time to rest. He was exhausted and slept most of the time.
After that he started to relax a bit more. He explored his enclosure, started with some friendly 'chuffs' towards his animal caretakers and even met his beautiful neighbor, tigress Dehli. But above all, he discovered his new hammock which immediately seemed to get his approval.
Update December 2021: more space
Throughout his life, Tsezar has never been able to move a lot, which made that he had little muscle mass. Shortly after arriving at FELIDA, he clearly felt comfortable enough to explore his new surroundings. And over the past few weeks, we have seen him using all the platforms and 'climbing equipment' more and more enthusiastically, as well as sprinting out of his little bath when he was in a crazy mood. And while Tsezar was training his muscles, it became clear to us that he needed more freedom of movement. The move to this new enclosure – on the other side of Dehli, so the two can still have contact if they want to – went smoothly. Tsezar now has many new elements to explore and above all he enjoys a space he has never known before.
Update February 2022: two medical checks
In January Tsezar got a complete and detailed vet check. A broken tooth was detected, which was removed successfully. Along with that, an ultrasound of his kidneys and heart were done and fortunately all was good. However as we already suspected, it turned out his chronic kidney disease is in quite an advanced stage. We will support Tsezar with medication to ensure he can still live a happy life.
In February the vets visited Tsezar again since the wound from the rotten tooth removed in January, got infected. After a short treatment Tsezar was brought back to his indoor enclosure again where he woke up quickly and good.
We will monitor Tsezar closely and provide him with the best possible care.
- Born in Ukraine in 2010
- Exploited in a private club and used for intensive breeding
- Neighbor of tigress Dehli
- Friendly to his animal caretakers
- Playful and joyful
- Loves to relax in his hammocks