Yesterday, two big cats from Ohio – a cougar and white tiger — found refuge at the Wildcat Sanctuary, a nonprofit wild cat rescue in Sandstone. Even though the sanctuary is at capacity, its director says it was too important not to offer these animals a spot. You may recall that Last October, in Zanesville, Ohio, a suicidal man released dozens of wild animals from his farm and authorities were forced to kill almost all of them, including lions, bears and endangered Bengal tigers. The two big cats now in Minnesota were survivors of that tragedy. Currently, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation to ban ownership of exotic animals.
NOTE – SINCE THIS REPORT AIRED, TWS CONTACTED THE STATION TO ADVISE THEM THAT NIKITA AND TASHA ARE NOT SURVIVORS OF THE ZANESVILLE MASSACRE
We love the media coverage that has come with bringing Nikita and Tasha to TWS, but with it comes some inaccuracies. One station had announced that these were the Zanesville survivors and another mentioned they were pets. The truth is that this was a USDA licensed facility that was struggling with finances and pending legislation. The owner of the facility rescued Nikita and Tasha from their horrific backgrounds. It was her selflessness that ensured they ended up at TWS! And we applaud her for that. She had the best interest of the animals at heart.
SANDSTONE, MN Posted: Mar 28, 2012 11:46 AM MDT Updated: Mar 28, 2012 11:54 AM MDT