Freedom’s most noticeable features are not even there. As a cub, she lost her ears and tail in an attack by some older tigers. The resulting injuries landed her in Shand’s burn unit in Gainesville, FL, where a part of her belly was grafted onto her thighs. She was in critical condition for a long time, but Freedom showed her stripes and fought through to recovery. She’s grown into a massive tigress that has adapted well to her disabilities. Just stay away when it comes time for food!