In Texas, on the outskirts of the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, nestled up to Lake Lavon in Wylie, sits In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, a sanctuary for big cats and other exotic wildlife. It is here that an epic battle took place: Kylo Ren and BB-8 clashed with Kylo stalking off victorious!

Ok, so it may not have happened exactly like that with Adam Driver in a cloak wielding the infamous cross-bar lightsaber against the formidable little ball-shaped droid. The real event is much cuter.

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Meet Kylo Ren

In-Sync Exotics partners with agencies and groups all over the world to rescue wildlife from every conceivable situation, from a private owner relinquishing a “pet” to rehoming retired circus performers to pulling neglected animals from a hoarding extreme or just a bad home. Back in January, the sanctuary helped rescue two white tigers, Assad and Zahra, a brother and sister pair, from an illegal private owner. The policy of In-Sync’s sanctuary requires that all animals be spayed or neutered to prevent accidental births, so Assad was neutered during the mandatory 30-day quarantine period. However, since it was unknown whether or not Zahra was pregnant, she was not spayed immediately. Just over a month after their rescue, Zahra gave birth to a single, tiny cub, which means she was already two months along when she was rescued. The cub was heartbreakingly rejected by the mother and keepers stepped in to hand-raise the newborn. The little white fluffball was named Kylo Ren.

A supporter, Scarlett Abston, sent baby Kylo Ren a gift! #kyloren #StarWars #insyncexotics

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Friday, March 23, 2018


Just Like His Namesake

The adorable little Kylo Ren has stolen the hearts of In-Sync’s fans and followers and already gained a few “adoptive parents” – all of the animals are available for “adoption”, a tax deductible sponsorship program that provides for their well-being. The sanctuary posts bios of each animal on their website but Kylo is currently only on their Facebook page. It is there that you can see his progression from newly born cub to the laid back kid hanging out with Jabba the Hutt. It seems Kylo is destined to live up to his name and join the dark side of the Force! (Should we warn Assad what happened to Han during The Force Awakens?)


Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018


Watch Kylo Ren Battle BB-8

In-Sync also shares videos of Kylo Ren’s progress. As a non-profit rescue, they try to be as open in their care as they are about their advocacy against wild animals being kept as pets or props. There are videos of Kylo’s first “roars”, learning to groom himself, and finally getting the hang of the whole walking thing. But none of them are as cute as his battle with BB-8. Watch the clip below and just listen to that adorable little battle cry from Kylo Ren!

Kylo Ren and BB-8

Good morning! Kylo Ren is 1 month old today!!! Here he is playing with his BB-8, which was sent to him by one of his adoptive parents, Jenn Rinella!If you missed Kylo's story, you can read all about him here: #StarWars #insyncexotics

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Friday, April 6, 2018


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Bonus: Kylo Ren Comparison

Do you see the resemblance? Baby tiger Kylo Ren seems to have that intense look down already!#KyloRen #AdamDriver #StarWars #lookalike #ThoseEyesThough Star Wars News

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


We hope that little Kylo Ren grows up to be a force for good, and, even with his stuffed animal associations and namesake, he is off to a good start with In-Sync Exotics and their advocacy programs. Enjoy today’s feel-good video and let us know what you think: does white tiger Kylo Ren do a good Adam Driver Kylo Ren impersonation?

More About In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center is located in north Texas, just outside of Dallas in a city called Wylie. Visitors are welcome almost all year round for public and private tours. Admission fees are considered donations and are tax deductible. The sanctuary offers special events throughout the year, such as brunches, overnight camping events, and movie nights. Visit their website for more information.


Originally published April 6, 2018.

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