Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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Kaela was found in January, 2005 with her cagemate, Rajah, wandering a highway between Gaston and Cleveland counties near Charlotte, NC. Both cubs were picked up by Animal Control and sent to the NC Zoo for quarrantine. They found a permanent home at the Carolina Tiger Rescue (then CPT) and arrived on May 3, 2005.

Rajah and Kaela adjusted to their new home almost immediately, and wasted no time before they were playing with toys in their new habitat. They were soon greeting volunteers and tours with chuffles and happily destroying the 2 small cedar trees in their enclosure (the trees only survived another week).

Kaela matured with a sense of sophistication, reclining underneath her pool platform and honing her stalking skills on passerby. She and Rajah enthusiastically chase the chicken truck as it goes by.

Carolina Tiger Rescue halted rescues after Tex in 1997 in an effort to build the infrastructure needed to shift from its function as a breeding facility to rescue. Carolina Tiger Rescue was thrilled to welcome Kaela and Rajah, as they proudly represented success in the organization's changed mission, and inspired the organization to further its efforts to provide lifelong sanctuary to abandoned, abused, and neglected wildcats.

Contributed by Amanda Byrne.

Photo/s courtesy of Melissa Foshee, ©Carolina Tiger Rescue