Rescued tigers move to new home in Tampa

Tampa's new rescue tigers

TAMPA -- Five tigers found a new home Thursday morning as the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa took them in from a failed tiger sanctuary.

It's being called the largest big cat rescue ever, as the five tigers coming to the bay area are part of a relocation of 75 tigers from the Colorado sanctuary, Serenity Springs.

The owner of Serenity Springs was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and sold the property to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.


Most of the tigers were moved to the Ark. facility back in September, part of a total rescue of more than 100 exotic animals including other big cats and 11 bears. While Turpentine Creek will retain about 32 big cats, they worked with other facilities like Big Cat Rescue to find homes for the rest.

Big Cat Rescue brought in five tigers, ranging in age between 10 and 20, making them longer-lived than their counterparts in the wild. They will spend the rest of their lives at Big Cat Rescue.

10News reporter Emerald Morrow was at the rescue and you can watch her report on Facebook here.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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