Kahn and Sheila were rescued from the same local facility by Texas' In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, but months apart. Their former owner would rent cubs out for photo ops, and take the bigger cats to events such as birthday parties and weddings. "When they are no longer useful to him, he throws them aside and stops taking care of them," Vicky Keahey, founder of In-Sync, told The Dodo. "He's since got his license revoked."
Kahn, who was 6 years old at the time, arrived in March 2009, while Sheila came the following July. Both animals were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after it was discovered that they were not being cared for properly.