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.