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9 Big Cats at National Zoo Being Treated for COVID

Keepers aren't sure how the lions and tigers got sick

(Newser) - Lions and tigers and … COVID? Several big cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, have tested positive after showing symptoms like decreased appetite, lethargy, and sneezing, per NBC 4 Washington . Zoo officials aren’t sure how the big cats got sick—they’re too far from visitors...

Poacher Accused of Killing 70 Tigers

Bangladesh man finally in custody after 20 years

(Newser) - A poacher suspected of killing a significant proportion of his country's population of wild Bengal tigers is finally in custody, authorities in Bangladesh say. Habib Talukder, 50, is believed to have killed up to 70 endangered tigers over the last 20 years, the BBC reports. The pelts and other...

Dozens of Underfed Big Cats Rescued From Tiger King Park

Feds say 68 animals were seized from Jeff and Lauren Lowe's park

(Newser) - Some 68 underfed and neglected big cats from a park owned by Joe Exotic's former business partner will go to "responsible animal preserves where they can be safely maintained rather than exploited," the Justice Department says. The animals—seven lions, 46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, and one...

Tiger's 'Mess' of an Eye Fixed in Notable Surgery

The corneal surgery is thought to have never been performed on a tiger before

(Newser) - A veterinarian in England says performing corneal surgery on a 205-pound tiger is a lot like operating on a smaller cat—only with "a lot more anesthetic." Dr. David Williams, who rose up to the challenge after staff at a wildlife park noticed the 17-year-old Sumatran tiger's...

Missing Tiger Found, Alleged Owner Faces Serious Charges

Cub seen roaming Houston is safe

(Newser) - A tiger that frightened residents after it was last seen briefly wandering a Houston neighborhood has been found after a nearly week-long search and appears to be unharmed, police announced Saturday, per the AP . In a short video tweeted by Houston police, Cmdr. Ron Borza can be seen sitting next...

Carole Baskin Offers Reward for Missing Tiger

$5K to go toward India's safe return and the humans' punishment

(Newser) - Into the Houston tiger mystery has stepped Carole Baskin. The star of the Tiger King has put up a $5,000 reward for the missing tiger's finder, TMZ reports, with several conditions attached. The tiger, India, has to be safely turned over to a sanctuary accredited by the Global...

Loose Tiger Roams Houston Neighborhood
Loose Tiger Roams
Houston Neighborhood
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Loose Tiger Roams Houston Neighborhood

Its caretaker took off with animal before cops arrived

(Newser) - Police in Houston are looking for a man who claimed to be "with the zoo" after a tiger apparently escaped from his residence and roamed the neighborhood. The tiger—which was wearing a collar—was confronted by an armed off-duty Waller County Sheriff's Office deputy who was nearby...

There's Apparently a Tiger on the Loose in Tennessee

Authorities in Knoxville are chasing down sightings

(Newser) - A strange one out of Tennessee: Wildlife authorities in Knoxville are on the hunt for a tiger—yes, a tiger—after multiple sightings, reports WVLT . The first one came from a sheriff's deputy on Wednesday night near an industrial park, and multiple residents have since called in their own....

As Others Watched in Horror, Tiger Attacked Zookeeper

55-year-old worker killed at Zurich Zoo in Switzerland

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Siberian tiger attacked and killed a zookeeper Saturday at Switzerland's Zurich Zoo as other staff and guests looked on in horror. The BBC reports the attack on the 55-year-old keeper happened just after 1pm local time in the tiger enclosure, where Irina, the female tiger who went...

He Said a Pit Bull Mauled Him. The Truth Was Much Stranger
He Said a Pit Bull Mauled Him.
The Truth Was Much Stranger
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He Said a Pit Bull Mauled Him. The Truth Was Much Stranger

A look back at the 'Tiger King of Harlem'

(Newser) - Years from now, millions of Americans' recollection of the pandemic will also include a memory of binge-watching Netflix's Tiger King. With that show high on everyone's current watchlist, in a piece for Mel Magazine Zaron Burnett III introduces us to another tiger king: one that, nearly 17 years...

Judge Gives 'Joe Exotic' Exactly What He Wants

Joseph Maldonado-Passage says he needs more time to argue for his lawsuit

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and federal wildlife violations has been granted an extra month to argue why his lawsuit challenging the convictions shouldn't be dismissed, the AP reports. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic,"...

Just When You Thought Tiger King Had Ended

Cast member Jeff Lowe says Netflix will air new episode 'next week'

(Newser) - "Joe Exotic" has become a household name for anyone who's been holed up at home with a Netflix account, because Tiger King—the "enthralling" and "disturbing" true-life series that documents the strange goings-on at the Oklahoma roadside zoo run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage and an equally strange...

Zoo Tiger Tests Positive
Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan, showed symptoms in March

(Newser) - A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday, per the AP . The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia—and...

Bizarre Tiger King on Netflix Is Enthralling, Disturbing

People stranded by COVID-19 seem to be fascinated

(Newser) - Americans stuck at home right now have a lot of time on their hands, and if social media is any guide, many appear to be spending it in the bizarre world of "Joe Exotic." That would be the man more formally known as Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who is the...

Old Perfume Taking Up Space? Zoo's Big Cats Will Take It

Banham Zoo puts out a call for perfume, cologne

(Newser) - Have any old bottles of perfume or cologne lying around? Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, will take them. The zoo says its lions, tigers, and leopards "respond very positively to unique scents when sprayed in their enclosures," and since their supplies are running low, they're hoping the...

86 of 147 Tigers Rescued From Temple Have Died

Authorities say inbreeding made them vulnerable

(Newser) - More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing respiratory failure, says national parks...

They Went Looking for a Tiger. Then It Found Them

2 motorcycle riders got quite the scare in India

(Newser) - They found the tiger, all right. Two Forest Department officials sent to investigate a reported tiger sighting at India's Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary have produced hair-raising footage of a Bengal tiger briefly chasing their motorcycle. The tiger suddenly emerges from the jungle in the footage viewed more than 800,000...

It's a GrimPrognosis for Bengal Tigers
It's a Grim Prognosis
for Bengal Tigers
STUDY SAYS

It's a Grim Prognosis for Bengal Tigers

One of their biggest strongholds may be gone entirely in 50 years

(Newser) - One of the world’s largest populations of wild tigers will be without its major habitat in 50 years, according to a new UN study. Research published this month in the journal Science of The Total Environment predicts rising sea levels will be "enough to decimate" the few hundred...

Siegfried, Roy Assistant: They Lied About Tiger Attack

Animal handler Chris Lawrence blames Roy Horn's own behavior for mauling he received

(Newser) - In 2003, a tiger mauled Roy Horn on a Vegas stage, seriously injuring the entertainer and bringing to an end the famous Siegfried & Roy show in Vegas. Now, one of the animal handlers who worked with the duo back then tells the Hollywood Reporter that they have lied about...

Rare Tigers in UK Again Kill One of Their Own

Death of Shouri at Longleat Safari Park follows another tiger killed at London Zoo just days ago

(Newser) - An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers. Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept, the AP reports....

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