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Thursday 21 September 2017

WATCH: Rescued circus tiger walks on grass for the first time

Varvara the tiger who was rescued from her cramped circus cage
Credit: You Tube/Four Paws
Varvara the tiger who was rescued from her cramped circus cage Credit: You Tube/Four Paws

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A former circus tiger has experienced the feeling of grass beneath her paws for the first time ever.

Varvara was unlucky to be the final remaining circus tiger in Bulgaria and spent her entire life performing on command for humans.

However a ban on keeping wild animals in circuses was introduced in January 2015, and Varvara's owners were forced to retire her.

 

 

She was then cruelly kept in a tiny cage on a circus wagon.

Conditions were so cramped that the majestic cat could not move or stretch her body.

An animal rights organisation called 'Four Paws' rescued the tiger and have successfully re-homed her in the Tierart wildlife sanctuary in Germany.

Varvara was kept in an indoor enclosure while she adjusted to her new way of life.

She then took the massive step of venturing outside to the lush grass.

"Just two days after her arrival the abused tigress was curious enough to leave her smaller indoor enclosure.

"Our team opened the doors and Varvara ran outside immediately and started to explore her new home.

"After twelve years of living in a tiny cage, the former circus tiger finally has a natural environment in which to start living the life of a tiger," a representative for Four Paws said.

We wish you a long and happy life Varvara!

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