With heavy hearts, we must say goodbye to our oldest feline resident, Big John. He passed away today after just celebrating his 23rd birthday last Christmas. He was a patient, social tiger who took on a paternal role towards the neighboring cubs, ShereKhan and KiKi, as well as a playful, teasing role towards his Siberian tiger neighbor, Caesar.
IEAS had been Big John’s home for the past 18 years after being rescued from a circus from Spain who had kept him in a small, cramped trailer with other tigers, ponies, and camels. During his time here, he proved himself to be an amazing being, consistently showing great patience with his tiger companions and developing trust with his human caretakers. Though we at IEAS are sad to say our farewell, we are so grateful to have been able to provide this magnificent tiger with the life he deserved for the last part of his life.
IEAS will not be the same without Big John. He will forever live on in our hearts and memories.