A tiger who was found freezing in Arctic temperatures has been rescued and filmed playing like a pet in her new home.
The six-month-old cub, called Elsa in a nod to Disney film Frozen, was abandoned in Bexar County, Texas, earlier this month.
A local reported hearing a “crying tiger”, and Humane Society workers rushed to the animal’s rescue.
When they found Elsa, she was wearing a dog harness and missing fur on the top of her head – indicating she’d been held captive in a small cage.
On Tuesday, February 23, she was taken to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.
Its director Noelle Almrud shared a Facebook Live of Elsa settling in.
The tiger, who weighs just 27kg, was seen playing in the ranch’s habitat and exploring her new home.
Elsa will be moved to a spacious, multi-acre enclosure with trees, woods, platforms to climb, the Humane Society said in a blog post.
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Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said: “She’s hopefully on her way to a fairytale ending.
“We’re wishing her well on her way to the next chapter in her life, and we’re hoping for a happy ending."
Noelle Almrud, senior director of Black Beauty Ranch, added: “Elsa is a rambunctious young wild animal and appears to be playful and active.
“Sadly, she spent her first few months of life as someone’s pet.
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“We expect her to quickly acclimate to her large, natural habitat and start behaving more like a tiger than a pet.”
Earlier this month, a sheep weighed down by a massive coat of wool was rescued and sheared – as volunteers tore off 35kg from his fleece.
The animal, called Baarack, had been growing his coat out for around five years.
Volunteers found him wandering alone in bushland in Victoria, Australia, and his coat was filled with sticks, twigs and insects.
Baarack had survived by eating shoots of grass and patching his thirst with puddles of water.
It took volunteers almost an hour to have the fleece shorn off, with Baarack now recovering at animal sanctuary Edgar’s Mission.
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