After a lifetime of suffering in a Peruvian circus, on April 23rd, Hoover the tiger arrived into Miami International Airport (MIA) and was transported to his forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
Wildlife officials in Peru and Animal Defenders International (ADI) seized Hoover in April 2015 to enforce Peru’s ban on wild animals in circuses. Rescuing Hoover proved to be very difficult as the circus had gone underground in order to keep the tiger; but after eight months of searching.
Freedom for Hoover
ADI received a tip-off and moved in for a surprise rescue operation against the circus. Sick and emaciated, Hoover was then taken to ADI’s temporary rescue center near Lima where he has lived for the past year. Months of tender loving care, veterinary attention, toys and exercise has seen Hoover recover and thrive.
Hoover turned 12 on April 23rd and got the best birthday present of all: a new start in life and a new home in America!