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Naya
Sex: Female
Born: February 7, 2014
Loving Adoptive Parents: Kara and Steve Van Duzee - Dallas, TX
Loving Sponsors: AVAILABLE

In December, 2016, CARE welcomed 4 new tigers to the facility. Brothers Divali and Nadal and (unrelated to the boys) sisters Naya and Shaanti all came from a facility in Florida that was unable to keep up with their care.

We found out about the tigers only weeks before, and after talking to the owner and the authorities, we agreed to take them....with only days to prepare for their arrival.

The girls are perfect and gorgeous! Their first steps in their new home were a little tentative, the larger enclosure and grass being strange to them. But they soon relaxed and began acting like they were finally at home. The girls, being a little older (and maybe wiser) than the boys certainly don't show the reckless abandon that the boys approach everything with. But, they are loving and happy.

Because of their new start here at CARE, all of the cats were renamed to have special meaning. Shaanti's name means "peace" which we intend to provide for her and sister their entire lives.

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Naya
Sex: Female
Born: February 7, 2014
Loving Adoptive Parent: Melissa Westfall - Greenwich, CT
Loving Sponsors: AVAILABLE

In December, 2016, CARE welcomed 4 new tigers to the facility. Brothers Divali and Nadal and (unrelated to the boys) sisters Naya and Shaanti all came from a facility in Florida that was unable to keep up with their care.

We found out about the tigers only weeks before, and after talking to the owner and the authorities, we agreed to take them....with only days to prepare for their arrival.

The girls are perfect and gorgeous! Their first steps in their new home were a little tentative, the larger enclosure and grass being strange to them. But they soon relaxed and began acting like they were finally at home. The girls, being a little older (and maybe wiser) than the boys certainly don't show the reckless abandon that the boys approach everything with. But, they are loving and happy.

Because of their new start here at CARE, all of the cats were renamed to have special meaning. Naya's name means "new", for her and her sister's new beginning with us.

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Nadal
Sex: Male
Born: October 2015
Loving Adoptive Parents: Sarah Baer - Astoria, NY and Warren Hemsworth and Vanessa Gittens - Cornwall, Ontario
Loving Sponsors: AVAILABLE

In December, 2016, CARE welcomed 4 new tigers to the facility. Brothers Divali and Nadal and (unrelated to the boys) sisters Naya and Shaanti all came from a facility in Florida that was unable to keep up with their care.

We found out about the tigers only weeks before, and after talking to the owner and the authorities, we agreed to take them....with only days to prepare for their arrival.

We were told that all of the cats were between 2 and 3 years old. But, when they showed up, we found out that was not the case. The boys were tiny, and we later confirmed that they were just over a year old. And, they were perfect!

The brothers entered their new home and immediately began running and playing, and have not stopped since. They are very ACTIVE boys and so obviously at home and happy here, it is a beautiful thing to see!

Because of their new start here at CARE, all of the cats were renamed to have special meaning. Nadal's name means "fortunate". Not only do we feel that he is fortunate to have a home that is committed to taking the best care of him and his brother forever, but we feel extremely fortunate to be able to provide that home and loving care!

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Divali
Sex: Male
Born: October 2015
Loving Adoptive Parents: Erika Graybiel - Sugar Hill, GA; Denise Shipley - Timonium, MD; and Warren Hemsworth and Vanessa Gittens - Cornwall, Ontario
Loving Sponsor: Alex Backer - Bismarck, ND

In December, 2016, CARE welcomed 4 new tigers to the facility. Brothers Divali and Nadal and (unrelated to the boys) sisters Naya and Shaanti all came from a facility in Florida that was unable to keep up with their care.

We found out about the tigers only weeks before, and after talking to the owner and the authorities, we agreed to take them....with only days to prepare for their arrival.

We were told that all of the cats were between 2 and 3 years old. But, when they showed up, we found out that was not the case. The boys were tiny, and we later confirmed that they were just over a year old. And, they were perfect!

The brothers entered their new home and immediately began running and playing, and have not stopped since. They are very ACTIVE boys and so obviously at home and happy here, it is a beautiful thing to see!

Because of their new start here at CARE, all of the cats were renamed to have special meaning. Divali's name means Festival of Lights - and he is a bright light that shines on everything around him!

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Boomer
Sex: Male
Born: 10.18.2014
Loving Adoptive Parents: Harold Frey - Paradise, TX; Doris, Melinda, and Kerry Nelson - Azle, TX; Zaid Farooqi and Shazia Ahmed - Irving, TX; Tahniyat Farooqi - Houston, TX; and The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce

Boomer and Slade are two VERY rambunctious tigers who came to live at CARE in the Fall of 2014. They belonged to a private owner in Florida who was looking for a good home for them to grow up and live their rest of their lives. The owner contacted us to see if we would be able to care for them, and we gladly said yes.

Since they arrived, the brothers have been getting into types of trouble! Boomer was usually the calmer of the two, if there even is a calm one, and Slade was constantly going, he never slows down! As they have gotten older Slade has mellowed out a little bit. They both spend their time wrestling, snuffling at people trying to get attention, stalking tour groups, and eating a ton!

We have so enjoyed watching them grow and seeing their individual personalities come out! They are big, healthy boys with a long, loved life ahead of them!

Photo Nov 15, 9 32 35 AM

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Slade
Sex: Male
Born: 10.18.2014
Loving Adoptive Parents: Ryan Noble - Grapevine, TX
Loving Sponsors:  Geoffrey Steinberg - Philadelphia, PA and The Rossetti Family - West Bath, ME

Boomer and Slade are two VERY rambunctious tigers who came to live at CARE in the Fall of 2014. They belonged to a private owner in Florida who was looking for a good home for them to grow up and live their rest of their lives. The owner contacted us to see if we would be able to care for them, and we gladly said yes.

Since they arrived, the brothers have been getting into types of trouble! Boomer was usually the calmer of the two, if there even is a calm one, and Slade was constantly going, he never slows down! As they have gotten older Slade has mellowed out a little bit. They both spend their time wrestling, snuffling at people trying to get attention, stalking tour groups, and eating a ton!

We have so enjoyed watching them grow and seeing their individual personalities come out! They are big, healthy boys with a long, loved life ahead of them!

Photo Nov 15, 9 32 35 AM

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Tess
Tess
Sex: Female
Born: 6.6.2000
Loving Adoptive Parent: Nicole Hyland - New York, NY

Tess is a special-needs Tiger. She was separated tragically from her siblings when she was three. The loss left Tess devastated. She had horrible ulcers which were very difficult to treat. She immediately lost over 100 pounds. She was heartbroken and extremely depressed. After an abundance of medication, love, and special food, Tess made a slow recovery. Years later, she still struggles with weight issues. She gets stressed very easily. Harmony is important to her. She can instantaneously switch gears from mellow and calm to energetic and playful or even stressed and aggressive. Tess will never trust enough to live with another cat, so two teenage tigers were placed in a new enclosure next to years ago. After a transition, she now enjoys stalking her playmates and neighbors Fire and Melita.

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Sydney
Sydney
Sex: Female
Born: 3.17.2003
Loving Adoptive Parents: Michael Wolter, Ft. Worth, TX & Cindy Lynch, Freehold, NJ

Sydney is a wild spirit. She enjoys the company of her cage-mate, Rasa. She used to have Layla the lion as a roommate too!. The dynamic of this group was interesting. Sydney, a very dominant tiger had difficulty understanding Layla’s rules and regulations. Sydney wanted to rule the roost but wants to have fun doing it. Layla takes life very seriously and is really bossy. It is hard to determine who the alpha female was in the group. Sydney is a large female and constantly gave Layla a run for her money. All this changed when Layla moved in with male lion, Sampson. Now everything is peaceful in Rasa and Sydney's world.

Towards humans, Sydney is loving and interactive. She loves to be sprayed with the water hose to keep cool in the summer. In the winter she simply dumps her water bucket over and lies in muddy water. She is very entertaining. She is never boring...always on the move, looking for her next mischievous moment.

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Solano
Solano
Sex: Male
Born: 12.3.2001
Loving Adoptive Parents: Anna Boisvert - Long Island, NY; Kristin Warwick - Trophy Club, TX; and Bridgeport ES 2nd Grade Class of 2017 - Bridgeport ISD
Loving Sponsors: John Hamiga – Colleyville, TX and Jessamy Fries - Shiloh, IL

Solano is a very special white tiger. He has one of the most beautiful personalities of all the cats at CARE. Solano was unfortunately born with crossed-eyes. This is a not-uncommon problem in white tigers, particularly those whose parents were related and bred to ensure white offpsring. He was seen as worthless to his previous owners, so CARE gave him a home.

In 2014 we noticed a growth on one of his eyes. It turned out to be cancer, so in order to hopefully keep it from spreading, the eye was removed. Because his vision was always limited, he possibly sees better now with one eye than with both!

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Selena
Sex: Female
Born: 12.10.1999
Loving Adoptive Parents: Wally and Shelley Ballard - Hurst, TX
Loving Sponsor: Sally Luxton – Paradise, TX and Marsha Little – Richmond, VA

Selena is one of CARE’s most loving creatures. She was brought to CARE in 2000 at six months of age. She was to be temporarily boarded here but was never picked up by her very famous owner. She saved the life of Sampson, CARE’s large male African Lion. When Selena was 10 months old, the 4 month old Sampson arrived. He was nearly dead upon arrival. After several weeks of life-saving care, Sampson’s physical condition improved, although his emotional condition deteriorated. A decision was made to place Selena and Sampson together in the same enclosure. Selena took to Sampson like a mother to a cub. She nurtured him back to health. The unlikely couple, lion and tiger, lived together for many years. But, they could not be together forever. Sampson now lives with another African Lion, and Selena lives alone right next door. If you have the time to give Selena the love she desperately needs, please see the volunteer or adoption page.

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Savanna
Savanna
Sex: Female
Born: 7.16.2001
Loving Adoptive Parent: Rachel Banks of Paradise, TX
Loving Sponsor: Melanie Piccolo - Depew, NY

Savanna is a lovely orange tiger that is also an extremely friendly and sweet girl. She is always willing to come up to the fence and say hello. She is very inquisitive, and if you go to visit her, she’ll usually spend a few seconds analyzing you and your scent before she says her official ‘hello’. She enjoys the simple company of people, and many times if you were to just sit down next to her enclosure, she would walk on over and plop down right next to you. She isn’t all smiles and candy-canes though! She’s another one of our cats who is rather protective of her meat. So make sure that you wait for her to finish eating before you come up to say hello!

Savanna was injured a few years back when she got into a pretty nasty fight with her sister Kate. The fight became pretty serious before the CARE volunteers could stop it, and Kate had actually bit Savanna in the face so hard that the bones around Savanna’s left eye were shattered. The CARE staff feared that she may have lost her eye. Emergency surgery was performed to clear the fragments of bone and dead tissue away from Savanna’s eye-socket. Miraculously, her eyeball was left intact! She was a lucky girl, but she’ll always bear the wounds of that fight.

Update: In the Fall of 2013 it became necessary to remove Savanna's eye. The injury had started to cause her discomfort and it was decided that in order to save her pain, the eye would be removed. She is doing great and adjusting well!

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Rasa
Rasa
Sex: Female
Born: 5.10.2003
Loving Adoptive Parent – Rasa Poorman – Novi, MI

Rasa is a very frisky orange tiger who shares an enclosure with Sydney, another orange tigress. Both tigers used to also share their space with Layla, an African lioness, before she moved in with Sampson. Her best friend is her neighbor tiger, Acari.

Rasa is a very sweet, curious, and playful kitty- and many times she can be found crouching down behind the tall grass that surrounds the fence of her enclosure. When she does this, she’ll usually be waiting for some unsuspecting person to walk by so that she can jump up and scare the living daylights out of them! It is definitely during times like these when a person can really appreciate the strength of our enclosures!

Rasa also had to suffer with incisors that had grown in crooked for years. A while back we received a huge helping hand to remove these teeth and make Rasa much more comfortable. You can read the full story here.

While eating has become much easier for Rasa, she has been left with a bit of an "Elvis lip" due to the removal of one of her teeth. Her upper lip gets caught on her lower teeth sometimes giving her that signature snarl!

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Melita
Melita
Sex: Female
Born: 8.25.2005
Loving Adoptive Parents: Lisa & JD Thompson – Euless, TX

Melita came from West Texas. She was fairly well taken care of physically but had incredible emotional distress when she arrived at CARE in the fall of 2005. She was only 8 weeks old but had a vicious temperament. She was extremely distrustful of people, in particular large men. Through many days and nights of love and attention Melita finally pulled trough. There are occasions her distasteful attitude towards men shows through, but for the most part she is a happy and healthy tiger. She loves her primary CAREgivers and never fails to cry with happiness when she receives their love. Her best friend Fire and she are often found lounging around or playing with their toys.

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Luca
Luca
Sex: Male
Born: 4.1.2006
Adoption - In Memory Of Destiny Etienne - Houston, TX
Loving Adoptive Parents: Sarah Amann - Houston, TX
Loving Sponsors: Shawn Barr – Bedford, TX; and Nadia Labeikovsky - Belmont, CA

Luca was somewhat of a miracle baby. CARE had spayed, neutered or separated all big cats that could produce offspring. Therefore on April 1, 2006, when sounds of a newborn tiger resonated through the sanctuary, we thought someone was playing an April fools joke. Then to our surprise, sounds of babies came from Alley and Archie’s enclosure (two tigers we had gotten custody of a couple of months before). Although Archie had been neutered, soon after custody, we had been too late.

Four baby tigers. What a nightmare for the CARE staff, who were overwhelmed already. The commitment of a possible 20 years (times 4) now awaited us and was an overwhelming thought. We all tried to make the best of the situation.

Luca was trouble from day one. He was always in the middle of any mess that was to be made as a baby. He has always been stubborn and independent with a slight mischievous streak. We learned early on to never turn your back on Luca. If given the opportunity he would get away with what ever he could. The word “trouble” followed Luca from day one, covered with poop and fighting with his siblings for the nipple they had. Mind you the nipple changed every time he realized the milk was better on the other side. As he got older it became the toy on the other side of the enclosure and now the food on the other side of the enclosure.

Luca has calmed through the past years. He is much needier than we ever expected. He quite jealous of the others getting attention. His eyes have mellowed from “trouble” to “love me”, which is a wonderful site to behold.

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Kannapalli
Kannapalli
Sex: Male
Born: 5.16.1999
Loving Adoptive Parent: Kimberly Swaner and Joshua, Airianne, and Reed Jackson - Murray, UT
Loving Sponsor: Paul Windsor III – Ft. Worth, TX and Melinda Wright - San Antonio, TX

Kannapalli is one of our resident big-boys, and he knows it! He’s very nice towards visitors and he loves to vocalize whenever people are around. Sometimes he gets so gabby that he would tiger-talk to you all day if you stayed and listened. If you ever come to visit Kannapalli though, you have to make sure that he doesn’t have any fresh meat inside of his enclosure. He’s really defensive when it comes to food, and we have to make sure that we’re giving him all of the space that he needs when he’s eating. He’ll definitely tell someone when they’re getting too close! Kannapalli also likes to mark his territory, and he’s pretty good at it. He can achieve some pretty impressive distance when he sprays, so again, watch out! It’s always interesting going to visit Pawi.

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JP
JP
Sex: Male
Born: 4.1.2006
Loving Adoptive Parents: Stephanie Rotter & Raymond Mascia - New York, NY and Jennifer Pitcock - Fort Worth, TX
Loving Sponsor: Denny Ayala - New York, NY
Kids’ CARE Keeper – Austin T.

JP was somewhat of a miracle baby. CARE had spayed, neutered or separated all big cats that could produce offspring. Therefore on April 1, 2006, when sounds of a newborn tiger resonated through the sanctuary, we thought someone was playing an April fools joke. Then to our surprise, sounds of babies came from Allie and Archie’s enclosure (two tigers we had gotten custody of a couple of months before). Although Archie had been neutered, soon after custody, we had been too late.

Four baby tigers. What a nightmare for the CARE staff, who were overwhelmed already. The commitment of a possible 20 years (times 4) now awaited us, and was an overwhelming thought. We all tried to make the best of the situation.

JP is very special. For all that meet him the words “old soul” seems to follow. He has a deep stare and a wisdom about him that is overwhelming. You could find yourself getting lost in his eyes. JP’s story is very short. No words describe him and to truly understand JP you must come and see him.

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Jakey
Jakey
Sex: Male
Born: 4.1.2006
Loving Adoptive Parents: Rose Redmond - Ft. Worth, TX; and Jon and Agne Cowie - Kent, UK; and Bugs & Ashes Inc - DFW, TX

Jakey was somewhat of a miracle baby. CARE had spayed, neutered, or separated all big cats that could produce offspring. Therefore on April 1, 2006, when sounds of newborn tiger cubs resonated through the sanctuary, we thought someone was playing an April fools joke. To our surprise, the sounds were coming from Alley and Archie’s enclosure (two tigers we had gotten custody of a couple of months before). Although Archie had been neutered soon after custody, we had been too late.

Four baby tigers. What a nightmare for the CARE staff who were overwhelmed already! It was a staggering thought knowing that the commitment of a possible 20 years (times 4) now awaited us. We all tried to make the best of the situation.

There was one baby in particular that stole our hearts away, just by the way he looked. He was a runt and at less than one day old, weighed 1 ½ pounds. It was obvious his deep dark stripes and deep orange color made him special. He was a twin of our Jake, the CARE mascot. They looked so much alike. Knowing Jake’s lifelong nightmare was about to come to an end, we named the little one Jakey.

Jakey (aka Baby Jake) is now grown. He now carries on Jake’s mission. Jakey is now the living mascot of CARE. He is blessed with the spirit of our Jake but has developed a personality of his own. Jakey will be waiting anytime you want to share love. He is bright and energetic, and as you can see by his pictures, he is no longer a runt.

Please come and share CARE with Jakey.

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Fire
Fire
Sex: Female
Born: 6.6.2005
Loving Adoptive Parent: Peggy Thomas – Weatherford, TX
Loving Sponsor: Kaydi Bigelow - Edgewood, MD
Lifetime Guardian: Gerard Van De Merghel – Pinion Hills, CA

Fire is a very special tiger. She was born from Donya and Rascal, two tigers that had been boarded at the facility before it was CARE.

Fire was a perfect little baby. She was growing well with no apparent abnormal development. When she was 8 weeks old she was administered the normal vaccinations for big cats of that age. Within hours she was totally unresponsive. She remained this way for 46 hours. She then began to wake from this apparent coma. But, there was bad news...Fire was blind. As we scrambled for answers an angel from California stepped forward. Gerard Van De Merghel helped to ensure that Fire got the best medical care possible. Fire had a special animal ophthalmologist and neurologist to care for her along with her PCP, Dr. Bill. She slowly began to see better and better. After a year of medication and lots of love Fire became somewhat normal.

She will remain to be one of the most spoiled-rotten tigers of CARE. Fire is a testament to what CARE’s loving donors and CAREgivers can do for big cats in need. It is a true miracle that the tiny, fuzzy, blind baby ever made it to adulthood. Please come and visit CARE and see our miracle in person.

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Chompers
Chompers
Sex: Male
Born: 7.17.1999
Loving Adoptive Parents: David, Miki, Ashley & Kari Spicer – Ft. Worth, TX and Bob & Cary Harty – Bothell, WA
Loving Sponsors: Noah and Andrew Massman-Hall - Plano, TX

Chompers is CARE’s Gentle Giant. He is one of the largest Big Cats at the sanctuary. In his prime, his weight reached nearly 700 pounds! His gigantic teeth and dark black stripes are intimidating, but he has the spirit of a butterfly. He gets along well with others, animal and human. Although it is forbidden at CARE, it is easy to develop an overwhelming desire to walk in the enclosure and rub his belly or cuddle up with him and go to sleep.

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Bonnie
Bonnie
Sex: Female
Born: 11.15.2001
Loving Adoptive Parents: Kara & Steve Van Duzee – Dallas, TX
Loving Sponsors – Amanda Weller - Maplewood, MN; and Rob & Ken Hein – Ft. Worth, TX

Bonnie is one of the smallest and most feminine tigers at CARE, but makes up for her size in heart. Bonnie and Clyde, her brother, were a prizefighters prize. Like many pet owners, when the novelty and money runs out a new home must be found.

Bonnie has lived with some of the largest males at CARE and has always held her own. But, she has a sweet spirit and always gives a welcoming snuffle to her CAREkeepers.

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Archie
Archie
Sex: Male
Born: 4.12.2002
Loving Adoptive Parent: Sherre Sachar – Austin, Texas
Loving Sponsors: Lara, Jason, Cammie and Cassie Bunting - Zanesville, OH and Sharon Hayes - McCalla, AL

Archie, and his mate Allie, found a permanent home at CARE in mid 2006. Archie was neutered soon after custody was arranged. Unfortunately it was too late. Allie gave birth to Allucia, Jakey, JP, and Luca. The proud father helped tend to his new offspring.

Archie is an easy-going guy who usually lets Allie be the boss!

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Allie
Allie
Sex: Female
Born: 4.12.2002
Loving Adoptive Parent: Lee and Cindy Lawson – TX

Allie is very high-spirited, beautiful and agile! CARE agreed to give a home to Allie, unaware that one rescue would soon become a rescue of five. A short time after Allie’s custody, in mid 2006, she gave birth to four beautiful baby tiger cubs. Allie's cubs, Allucia, Jakey, Luca and JP, are now fully grown and happy residents of CARE. She and her mate Archie are now neutered and spayed.

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Allucia
Allucia
Sex: Female
Born: 4.1.2006
Loving Adoptive Parents: Cleo Charland - Camarillo, CA; Amy and Burt Smith - Windsor, CT

Allucia was somewhat of a miracle baby. CARE had spayed, neutered or separated all big cats that could produce offspring. Therefore on April 1, 2006, when sounds of a newborn tiger resonated through the sanctuary, we thought someone was playing an April fools joke. Then to our surprise, sounds of babies came from Alley and Archie’s enclosure (two tigers we had gotten custody of a couple of months before). Although Archie had been neutered, soon after custody, we had been too late.

Four baby tigers. What a nightmare for the CARE staff, who were overwhelmed already. The commitment of a possible 20 years (times 4) now awaited us and was an overwhelming thought. We all tried to make the best of the situation.

Allucia was a small baby, like her brother Jakey, who paled in comparison to the giants JP and Luca. Things have not changed much. Allucia remains tiny in comparison to her brothers, now including Jakey. Don’t let her size surprise you. What she lacks in size she makes up for with her stealth and agility. She definitely rules the roost. Although she is independent, she enjoys any love she can get past her brothers who normally push her away with their massive bodies. The best time to be with Allucia is when the boys are asleep.

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