Born: April 1, 2006
Loving Adoptive Parents: Jon and Agne Cowie - Kent, UK; and Bugs & Ashes Inc - DFW, TX
Loving Sponsors: Sarah Baer - Astoria, NY
Jakey 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 newborn tiger cubs resonated through the sanctuary, we thought someone was playing an April fools joke. To our surprise, the sounds were coming from Allie 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! It was a staggering thought knowing that the commitment of a possible 20 years (times 4) now awaited us. We all tried to make the best of the situation.
There was one baby in particular that stole our hearts away, just by the way he looked. He was a runt and at less than one day old weighed 1 ½ pounds. It was obvious his deep dark stripes and deep orange color made him special. He was a twin of our Jake, the official CARE mascot. They looked so much alike. Knowing Jake’s lifelong nightmare was about to come to an end, we named the little one Jakey.
Jakey (aka Baby Jake) is now grown. He now carries on Jake’s mission. Jakey is now the living mascot of CARE. He is blessed with the spirit of our Jake but has developed a personality of his own. He is bright and energetic, and as you can see by his pictures, he is no longer a runt.