Rescued circus tiger from Peru gets new life at sanctuary

MIAMI (AP) — A circus tiger from Peru is heading to his new home at a rescue facility in Tampa.

Animal Defenders International seized Hoover last year to enforce Peru’s ban on wild animals in circuses. The animal rescue group says the cat was sick and emaciated and lived at a temporary rescue facility in Lima where he was rehabilitated for the past year.

He was flown into the Miami airport Friday night and taken to Big Cat Rescue Saturday. The 12-year-old tiger will enjoy a very spacious enclosure with lots of shady trees and grass. He’ll also have access to a spring-fed lake for swimming. Hoover’s habitat also features a large platform, several dens and plenty of toys.

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