Kya has glaucoma. She can sense some movement and orients herself by the sound of water falling in her fountain. Many white tigers have vision problems and other birth defects because of the long history of inbreeding that goes into people breeding white tigers. When she was very young she lived at a zoo in Maryland. As her glaucoma developed and zoo-goers began to ask why the zoo was not helping her, the zoo decided to get rid of her. A caring vet knew she would get the best of care at Popcorn Park Animal Refuge and they rescued her, stabilized her eye pressure and she has been a happy resident there ever since. She is beautiful and playful, but a reminder that breeding endangered animals for exotic characteristics is cruel and unnecessary.