Kya - The Blind Tiger


Kya arrived at Popcorn Park this September (2013), 

a magnificent 3 year old, blind white Bengal tiger.

 The white color in tigers may also carry medical issues with it, including problems with vision, such as glaucoma. When Kya was accepted at a zoo in Maryland at 6 months, she was already experiencing some sight issues. Over the next 2-1/2 years, Kya's glaucoma progressed until she was completely blind, and although the zoo cared very much for Kya, they could no longer accommodate her .

One of our veterinarians, Dr. Jonathan Bergmann, heard of Kya's plight, and soon she arrived at her new lifelong home, Popcorn Park. An existing tiger compound was made safe for Kya, and she soon adapted wonderfully, amazing staff by her ability to sense her surroundings. She can enter her den at a full run never bumping into anything and can stop in front of staff who stand silent and motionless outside her compound, walk over to the fence and start chuffing, (talking.) 

She plays with her toys, tosses her bone around on bone night, and comes to the fence to say hello whenever she's called. Despite being blind, Kya is clearly enjoying life to the fullest and not letting her handicap hinder her in any way. Kya gets regular visits from our staff vet and has started a series of optomologist appointments with NorthStar Vets for both overall health and her eyes. Kya is not in pain, but does require medication for glaucoma. She would love some sponsors to help with her medical expenses and medication. Can you help our lovely blind lady see the love in your heart?

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Animal Info

  • Kya - The Blind Tiger
  • Popcorn Park
  • Exotics
  • Bengal
  • 11 Years
  • 7 feet 500 pounds
  • White
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • Wildlife Club
  • Female

The Popcorn Park Wildlife Club is a special sponsorship program designed to help support the residents of the refuge. Through a monthly donation you will help provide all that is needed for that particular animal's well-being, and in return, you will receive regular updates from your sponsored animal!

Popcorn Park was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900