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KEENESBURG, Colo. – The Wild Animal Sanctuary welcomed 11 animals to its facility over the weekend after they dealt with horrific situations in Mexico.

The animals, including tigers, lions, jaguars and a leopard, were rescued from different parts of the country.

“These animals have been so abused by humans you wouldn’t blame them for never wanting to talk to a human again. And yet they realize they’re in a really good place now,” said Pat Craig, executive director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Craig said the animals are still settling in, but all in all they are noticeably happy with their new home.

“They’ve all been looking good," he said.

The sanctuary provided a list of the 11 animals rescued.

Frida, a female bengal tiger

She was bought at a pet shop in Mexico. For 22 months, she lived in a family's backyard, tied with chains that caused pain and discomfort each time she tried to move. The large link around her neck that keep her chain to the wall hurt her skin and muscle.

Yoya, a female bengal tiger

Yoya was abused for 20 years, living in a small cage inside a Jean Factory in Puebla, Mexico, where she shared a very small space with a lioness named Cata. They both only ate chicken feet, and were forced to live on top of excrement and urine. Thanks to different complaints to PROFEPA, they both were rescued from that dungeon where they lived a life of darkness and abuse.

Basthed, a female bengal tiger

Before the Pachuca Rescue Unit became a rescue unit, it used to be a zoo. Basthed was donated to the facility six years ago. Before her arrival at the zoo, she lived in a dark room with her longtime mate Raja, who died three years ago. After Raja died, Basthed's spirit was broken and she refused to do any type of physical activity. She stopped eating, and she became aggressive and reclusive.

Panchito, a male bengal tiger

Panchito is an 18-month-old that was separated from his mother just a few days after birth. The people who owned him declawed his back legs, which caused severe injuries to his feet. Panchito arrived overweight because of the declaw affected his ability to move adequately. He also shows signs of hip dysplasia, which also causes a decrease in his activity level.

Kiro, a male leopard

The 3-year-old was confiscated by PROFEPA from illegal trafficking where he suffered abused and neglect. He was declawed on all four legs and lived in a very small space with a lack of good nutrition.

Negrita, a female black jaguar

Negrita is 12 years old and was confiscated by PROFEPA because of neglect and abuse. She was owned by a store owner who tied her with chains to entertain the public and display her in the shop’s window to attract more clientele while feeding her rotting meat. Her forelegs were declawed and her teeth were filed down. She had ulcers in her mouth and was not able to stand or walk.

Manchas, a male jaguar

This 4-year-old was rescued from abuse and neglect. Even though his owners had all the right paperwork to have him, they didn’t give him the attention and care he needed. He lived with dogs since he was a cub, therefore, he was confused and didn't believe he was a feline. In time, because of stress, he started self-mutilating.

Diego, a male white tiger

The 4-year-old was confiscated by PROFEPA because of neglect and abuse. He was rescued from a roadside show where he used to be sedated so people could take pictures with him.

Cucho, a male bengal tiger

When Cucho arrived at the rescue unit, he had seven diagnosis to euthanize him because of severe paralysis in his back limbs, which made it impossible for him to sit up or walk. He also presented several lesions on his back end. Thanks to several studies, therapies and treatments such as regeneration and stimulation of cells as well as stem cell treatment, Cucho can now walk.

Guera, a female African lion

She was received at the Zoo Zacango in 1999, along with a male of the same age as shelter by the PROFEPA, She was 6 months old at the time, so she spent some time in the veterinary clinic. In 2002, she was moved to the facility's carnivore zone to group her with a male Lion.

Agate, a female African lion

She was born in the Parque El Ocotal on in 2005. After not being accepted by her mother, she moved to Zoo Zacango. On Oct. 21, 2005, she was found with a severe tail wound and was partially docked. A few days later, the presence of necrotic tissue in the wound was observed, requiring additional removal of the tail. She spent years inside the clinic before she was finally grouped with two young lions in the area carnivores zone.

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