When the animal rescuers caught up with him in the southern states in 2000, the white tiger was in a truly sorry state. The team from the wildlife sanctuary were immediately concerned by the big cat’s disturbing appearance. Indeed, even at first glance, it was clear to see that the two-year-old was severely inbred. Some of the team, however, believed that his problem was far more serious than that.
Kenny the white tiger evidently had had a rough start to life. He was born at a private breeding facility in Arkansas and for the first few years of his existence had lived in squalor and filth. His owner claimed that he intended to sell Kenny, but he couldn’t find a buyer owing to the tiger’s congenital deformities.
Then, after a couple of years of failing to sell the tiger off, Kenny’s owner felt enough was enough. He reached out to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in 2000. Based in the Ozark Mountains city of Eureka Springs, AR, the charitable organization rescues exotic cats from all over the U.S. and provides them with sanctuary. The refuge, moreover, has a reputation across the country for being one of the leading big cat-care facilities and has space for 100 animals.