On January 18, rescuers with Texas Parks and Wildlife and a local county sheriff's office saved Zahra and Assad when officials discovered that the tigers' owner did not have the proper paperwork to house them legally. (The exact location where the tigers were held was not officially released to the public.) The two tigers were rushed to In-Sync Exotics, an animal sanctuary that cares for neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines in Wylie, Texas, where, against all odds, they were given a clean bill of health.
“They were in better physical condition than we were afraid of, but their enclosure was just fence and grass,” Angela Culver, a spokesperson for In-Sync Exotics, told The Dodo. “No platforms, logs, enrichment, pool, toys or shelter.”