Ode to Kyra
This was Kyra, she was a female Bengal Tiger cub. She was born to rescued Bengal tigers at Wesa-A-Geh-Ya in Warrenton, MO. Kyra was just one of several tiger cubs that were born each year to captive Tigers housed in this sanctuary. Since Kyra was born so late in the season the sanctuary could not care for her themselves and enlisted the aid of a St. Louis Mo based wildlife rescue facility to be a "foster parent" for the young cub during the winter. After her stay with the wildlife facility over the winter she was sent back to her home at Wesa-A-Geh-Yah.
Since this time in early 2001, the Wesa-A-Geh-Yah "sanctuary" has had some bad press over claims made by PETA and others. Do a web search on WESA-A-GEH-YA and you can read it all for yourself if you are interested. The owners of the sanctuary claim they are doing whatever they need to in order to get the place operational and in compliance with all regulations. I continue to receive mail from BOTH sides in this debate demanding I choose a side in it. Since I am not personally acquainted with the organization in question I can't say for a fact what is truth and what is hearsay. I have provided links to recent Warrenton Journal articles about the situation so you can educate yourself. I guess eventually the courts and government organizations will determine the facts of this case and until then, I will be happy to provide coverage of the whole mess. It's up to you to decide for yourself who's right in this matter.
Below are some of the pictures of Kyra, that I took during her stay at the wildlife rescue facility where I worked during the time of her visit. If you choose to use them, please notify me and provide credit with a courtesy link to my site in exchange.
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