Big Cat Rescue Welcomes Hoover

It took an international team of people dedicated to animal welfare to track down a circus tiger, restore his health, and bring him to his new home in Tampa. Hoover the Tiger is getting to know his new home at Big Cat Rescue, after spending 12 years “working” in a circus in Peru. When he wasn’t performing, he was confined to a small pen.

Animal Defenders International began attempts to remove Hoover and another tiger from a Peruvian circus in 2014. However, that circus went underground, and it wasn’t until months later that ADI was back on his trail thanks to a public tip.  In April of 2015 ADI and Peruvian wildlife officials seized Hoover from the circus. ADI contacted Big Cat Rescue about becoming Hoover’s forever home. However, the process of importing a tiger into the U.S. turned out to be a year-long process, and Big Cat Rescue didn’t receive the OK from the US Fish & Wildlife Services until April, 2016. He arrived in the states to a big welcome at Miami Airport, and finally ended his journey at Big Cat Rescue, where he will be given freedom to roam.

Hoover arrived at ADI’s rescue center frightened, sick and emaciated. He underwent months of intensive veterinary care, rehab, and exercise. At Big Cat Rescue, he’s wrapping up his 30-day quarantine period. The public MAY see Hoover. Keep in mind, animals at Big Cat Rescue have a lot of space to roam, and generally they only come out and say “hi” when they feel like it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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