Seven are now at Turpentine Creek
Wildlife Refuge in
Could some of those tigers find a
home in southwest
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However, last year the NTS did make
a home for an
"Last year we picked up Richard who had some physical problems from some surgery he had when he was young," says Judy McGee, founder of the National Tiger Sanctuary.
At nearly 15 years old, the White
Tiger has lived a busy life. He was rescued from River Glen Tiger Sanctuary in
"It's sad for the cats," adds McGee. "It's sad for the people, no doubt. But the things you have to do is put the priority on the cats."
The National Tiger Sanctuary in Saddlebrooke has reached out to River Glen, offering assistance.
"We're willing to help all that we can, weather it be to take any cat here, or to go there to help."
Right now, none is needed. But Judy McGee believes this is an opportunity to remind those that might think a tiger would make a good pet to think twice.
"I always ask people, 'Do you have a house cat?' Most of them will go, 'Yeah, I do.' See if you wake up someday and he weighs 600 pounds, do you think he might kill you? And a lot of them will say 'Yeah, I think he might.'"
As 30 tigers are searching for a new place to house their strips, Richard seems to be content in the Ozarks.
she and her husband were heavily involved in passing the Large Carnivore Bill