"After years of being confined to a tiny beast wagon, Tilin would spin repeatedly in a corner replicating the behaviors he had used to relieve his past boredom and stress," Shaw said. "Thankfully, after time, this has stopped and he is now calm and relaxed."
But the most harrowing part of Tilin's dark past, by far, was how long the social animal lived without companionship. "When we think how long he was living his solitary life, we think what has happened to us as humans during those 17 years; the places we've been, the people we've met, the births, deaths and loves that we've all experienced," Shaw said. "For Tilin, his days were always the same. This, we wanted to remedy as soon as possible."