68 Big Cats Seized by Federal Officials from Tiger King Park in Oklahoma

One of the tigers at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., in 2013. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

Federal officials have seized 68 big cats from Jeff and Lauren Lowe, stars of the hit Netflix show Tiger King.

On Thursday, the US Justice Department announced they had confiscated the exotic animals from the couple’s Tiger King Park in Oklahoma.

Officials have inspected the zoo three times since December 2020 and have issued multiple citations for failure to properly care for the animals.

Seven lions, 46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, and one jaguar were recovered.

The Lowes are both accused of violating US laws on endangered species and animal welfare.

During government inspections, they were repeatedly cited “for failing to provide the animals with adequate or timely veterinary care, appropriate nutrition, and shelter that protects them from inclement weather and is of sufficient size to allow them to engage in normal behaviour”, according to a news release from the Justice Department.

The couple were found to be in contempt after failing to follow court orders to hire a qualified veterinarian to ensure that the cats could receive levels of care required under the Animal Welfare Act.

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SOURCE: BBC

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