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The wild tiger population is in serious trouble. Not only are these animals greatly endangered by habitat loss and poaching in their native territory, but they are also very susceptible to the illegal wildlife trade. Bought and sold into this illicit trade, these animals often end up as exotic pets. While the concept of keeping a tiger as a pet in your backyard might sound ridiculous, the reality is that there are currently more tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild … yes, it’s that bad.

Luckily, organizations like International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) exist to make sure that exotic animals, like tigers, who have been wrongly taken from the wild and forced into captivity get a chance at retirement. IFAW actively rescues and rehabilitates tigers from abusive captive situations; the tigers in this video came from this sort of life.

Lily and Carli, the tigers featured, are enjoying the good life at their sanctuary home in Nevada. These two rescued big cats are getting to experience the wonder of swimming in a cool, refreshing pool for the very first time in their lives!

While these two tigers should have never been captured from the wild, we are so pleased to see them enjoying themselves in their new home. Enjoy your swim, Lily and Carli!