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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Java arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue in November, 2010; part of a group of 3 lions and 3 tigers that were rescued when the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO), a large sanctuary in Texas, closed its doors due to funding issues.

WAO rescued Java and two other tigers in 2007 from a private owner in Louisiana. WAO records suggest Java was surrendered because her owner could no longer afford to keep the tigers, but the tigers were surrendered shortly following a change in Louisiana law that banned private ownership of exotic cats and required existing owners to get permits for their animals.

All four of Java's paws were declawed. Declawing a cat (housecat or tiger) removes the claw and the first digit of their toes. As cats walk with most of their weight on their toes, removing this digit changes how they walk and is particularly traumatic for an animal as large as a tiger.

Unfortunately, Java only stayed with us a few months. A few weeks into her quarantine, Keepers began to notice her having some mobility issues. Carolina Tiger's vet suspected that there was pressure on her spinal cord, possibly due to a ruptured disk. As there was no course of treatment for her condition and Java did not appear to be in pain, the Carolina Tiger family embraced her last few months as she continued to decline. When she lost nearly all function in her hind legs, the decision was made that her quality of life was too compromised, and she was euthanized.

Although Java only spent a short time with us, the Carolina Tiger family quickly came to love her feisty spirit and talkative nature. Java did live to a very ripe old age of 18, and we were very glad to share her last few months and make them as wonderful as possible.

"State: Truck stop can continue live tiger exhibit ", 2 the Advocate, 12/17/2010
WAO Records