7 Big Cats from Texas Relocated to NJ Zoo

Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 5:09 PM CDT
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Big Cats Relocated to NJ Zoo

In-Sync Exotics

Howard, the cougar, rescued from a exotic cat breeding facility in Poetry, TX in June. He, two other cougars, and four lions were moved to In-Sync Exotics in Wylie.

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Seven big cats found neglected on a farm in Texas are settling in their new home at a New Jersey zoo.

Vicky Keahey. the owner of In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, contacted the zoo after learning the owner of the farm in Poetry, near Terrell, had died at the end of June, leaving 20 big cats without care.

Because the Wylie facility was not large enough to accommodate all of the cats, Keahey said volunteers and staff commuted back and forth for weeks to care for the animals.

Seven of the big cats, including three cougars and four lions were moved to In-Sync where they are still being cared for. 

Other exotic cats were moved to Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana and Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Nevada.

A lion with bad teeth, a tailless tiger and five cougars arrived at Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township two weeks ago.

Zoo general manager John Bergmann told the Asbury Park Press the big cats were living in horse stalls that appeared not to have been cleaned in years.

Bergmann says the animals will never want for clean water, proper diet, a clean den and big yards to play in.

More: The Asbury Park Press, In-Sync Exotics

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