Arkansas wildlife refuge rescues big cats from Colorado

An Arkansas wildlife refuge is in the process of rescuing more than 100 big cats and other animals from a Colorado sanctuary.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- An Arkansas wildlife refuge is in the process of rescuing more than 100 big cats and other animals from a Colorado sanctuary.

It’s considered one of the largest exotic animal rescues in U.S. history. After the owner of a large sanctuary in Colorado became ill, 110 animals including some 70 tigers, were in need of a home.

The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs is paying to care for all of the animals, thanks to donations they received earlier this year.

The refuge has moved 27 big cats to its sanctuary, and found new homes at other wildlife sanctuaries for 51 others.  

"We're all working for the same mission, all these animals need a home. These sanctuaries have rescued from different situations just as we have. Whether it's a private owner with a pet or now 110 animals.  Working together has been the most important thing and I think that's a really great, historic thing that's happening here too,” said Emily McCormack with the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Turpentine Creek has staff and interns out in Colorado caring for the animals that haven't been moved yet. Stay tuned for developments in this story. 


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