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Shelter owner ailing; big cats left in lurch

So far, 6 of 34 land on their feet

Posted: November 15, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.

Kellyn Kearney (left), Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff biologist, and curator Emily McCormack watch over Princess as they move the tiger out of Riverglen Tiger Shelter near Mountainburg on Wednesday afternoon.

A refuge that shelters wild animals near Eureka Springs has taken six large cats from a private Crawford County refuge since Monday, but the future remains uncertain for 28 large cats still at the refuge near Mountainburg.

Big Cats Transported

Employees of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs moved six tigers from the Riverglen Tiger Shelter near Mountainburg to Turpentine Creek after the Crawford County sheriff contacted the refuge to say Riverglen's owner could no longer properly care for the large cats. Turpentine Creek continues to search for homes for the remaining 28 large cats, which include 24 tigers, two leopards and two cougars. Sheriff Ron Brown said the large cats still at Riverglen pose no threat to the public. Riverglen owner Betty Young said she's unable to keep up with care of the large cats because of her failing health. (By Michael Woods)
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God bless the people who do this work.

It should be illegal, IMO, to possess in private zoos animals that are not domesticated. Keeping lions, tigers, bears and the like, out of their natural habitats, is unfair to the animals.

Please watch the documentary "Elephant in the Living Room" for superb and sensitive coverage of the problem we have in the USA with regard to the exotic animal trade.

Posted by: SPA

November 15, 2012 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )