Turpentine Creek rescues tigers from Oklahoma facility

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) rescued six male tigers from a closing facility in Oklahoma on Thursday, the refuge announced in a news release.

After traveling 700 miles round-trip, the Turpentine Creek team arrived back at the refuge with two white striped tigers, a pure-white tiger, a Golden Tabby tiger and two orange tigers in tow. Tommy, Franky, Robbie, Tiggger and Floyd appeared to be in good health, aside from being overweight and potential genetic health issues.

One tiger, Diesel, is suffering from an unknown infection and was not released into his new habitat. TCWR’s veterinarian, Dr. Kellyn, started him on antibiotics and pain medication; he will be spending several days in the Jackson Memorial Veterinary Hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.

TCWR is asking the public to join in supporting and welcoming the refuge’s new animal residents to their forever home. Donations toward transportation expenses, medical treatment and the overall cost of the tigers’ lifetime care can be made in-person, online at https://www.turpentinecreek.org/support-us/donate/, over the phone by calling 479-253-5841 or by mailing checks to: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

TCWR Animal Curator, Emily McCormack, reminded the public in a video released on the organization’s social media channels that the six will also be in need of adopters and sponsors. Those interested can do so online at http://bit.ly/Adopt-Sponsor or over the phone by calling 479-253-5841.

McCormack went on to reveal that the tigers were victims of the cub petting industry. The facility TCWR obtained them from saved the tigers from a different owner who was going to destroy them once they surpassed the legal age to be handled. The director of the facility TCWR obtained them from contacted TCWR on Monday when he found out he was being evicted from the property because to harassment from outside sources, according to the news release. He had until Sunday to find new homes for the animals.

Guests can take a guided tour to visit Tiggger and Floyd in the habitat directly behind the administrative office building, and can see Robbie, Tommy, Frankie and eventually, Diesel, on the walking tour loop.

TCWR is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter; tours leave every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. with the final one departing at 3 p.m.

 More information can be found on TCWR’s Facebook, Youtube channel and Twitter and Instagram pages.

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