According to inventory sheets from when Big Cat Rescue was operating as Wildlife On Easy Street, Auroara was purchased for $1,800 on 3/22/96 when she was only a few weeks old. We have been told that $1,800 was expensive for a tiger back then which leads us to believe that Auroara must have been a high quality cub.
Big Cat Rescue's website had this to say about Auroara, "she was lame in the hips, cross eyed, she drooled, she was uncoordinated and she was prone to seizures.
According to Auroara's former owner, Auroara was not cross eyed or inbred. The former owner had also said, "[Auroara] lasted a lot longer than the serval I traded for, plus I gave her money!!! Oh well, Carole does like to tell a story."
Auroara was not a rescue considering that she was either traded in exchange for a serval or purchased.
The Evolving Stories:
Wildlife on Easy Street - 1997 (source)
A female Siberian/Bengal Tiger born on 2/27/96 to Sunny and Bombay at Predator's Plus. She arrived at three weeks of age in exchange for a Serval kitten.
Wildlife on Easy Street - 2001 (source)
AUROARA was born in Feb. 1996 and traded to us for a Serval kitten. She is a Siberian/Bengal hybrid. Her owners could not afford another big mouth to feed, even if she was the runt to Bombay and Sunny. She loves to swim and when she is taken out for a walk, she heads straight for the beach where she can swim and play and talk to the big Tigers. She has approximately one acre fenced in where she can play and swim in the lake.
Big Cat Rescue - 2014 (source)
Auroara was said to be a descendant of the Exxon Tiger. She was the runt to Bombay and Sunny and was cross-eyed and lame in the hips, so she was not wanted for commercials. She loves to swim and has a one-acre cat-a-tat where she can swim and play and talk to Shere Khan and China Doll, her neighbors. She loves people and can really “work” a crowd from her vantage point along the main path. You get the feeling that you’re “walking a tiger” since Auroara will follow you along the entire length of her cat-a-tat. Despite the fact that she drools, she wobbles and she scratches the air, Auroara seems to enjoy every day. Whenever you spend time with her, she will chuff and chuff as if you’re both having a serious conversation. She will stalk you, hide in the bushes, and then bound out after you to elicit the playtime attention she wants. Auroara is not a tiger you can ever walk by without smiling at her antics.