PITTSBORO, Caroline du Nord – A North Carolina Big Cat Sanctuary will temporarily take care of four animals seized from the Oklahoma Private Zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King.”
Carolina Tiger Rescue said in a statement Tuesday that it has worked with the US Department of Justice and other accredited animal sanctuaries to save 68 big cats from Tiger King Park. The tigers will remain at the Pittsboro Sanctuary until the DOJ finds them permanent homes.
“We are pleased to see the Department of Justice working hard to improve the lives of big cats in captivity, starting with Tiger King Park,” Pam Fulk, executive director of Carolina Tiger Rescue, said in the statement. “We thank everyone who participated in this operation. “
The debut of the Oklahoma Zoo owned by Jeff and Lauren Lowe was the subject of the last episode of the real crime series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”.
As part of a court-approved deal to resolve a federal complaint against the couple over animal care, the DOJ announced on May 20 that lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids and a jaguar are protected by the federal government would be removed from their park.
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Oklahoman reported on Sunday that the last of the animals had been rescued from the zoo, located a few miles north of Oklahoma’s border with Texas.
The civil lawsuit, filed in November, accused the Lowes of recurring inhumane treatment and mishandling of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Jeff Lowe was a central figure in “Tiger King,” which featured a mule-wearing zookeeper named Joe Exotic and became a cultural phenomenon last year.
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Joe Exotic, a pseudonym of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison in Texas for his 2020 conviction for participating in a for-hire murder plot and violating federal wildlife laws.