Big Cat Sanctuary in Wise County Secure After Storms

Severe storms and tornadoes that rocked Wise County Tuesday night also took aim at a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Bridgeport.

The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) says the facility's more than 40 lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, lemurs, and llamas are safe and secure.

CARE Executive Director Heidi Krahn says the home of exotic animals in need suffered considerable damage including trees down inside and on top of buildings and enclosures.

Power is also out and that means the freezer where fresh meat to feed the big cats is stored has been destroyed.

CARE asked for the public's help to make sure the animals have food and to clear debris at the compound, and according to the group's Facebook page volunteers turned out and helped Wednesday.

CARE plans to update the efforts to recover from the storm via Facebook.

More: Center for Animal Research and Education on Facebook| CARE website

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