Carnivore Preservation Trust to rescue Kansas tigers

Posted April 9, 2009 2:47 p.m. EDT

— The Carnivore Preservation Trust plans to rescue two male tigers from an owner near Oakley, Kansas, next week.

Two tigers and three lions have been living in small, poorly secured spaces in a junkyard for many years, officials said. One of the lions attacked and seriously injured a man in February, prompting local law enforcement authorities to force the owner to give up the animals.

The three lions have been sent to the Detroit Zoo, where a lion exhibit was already awaiting them, and CPT agreed to rescue the two male tigers, Apache and Nitro.

“The public has been very good to us during this difficult economic period, and we are fortunate to be able to offer a lifelong home for Apache and Nitro," CPT Executive Director Pam Fulk said in a statement. "We’re eager to meet them and, following their 30-day quarantine, we will be able to provide them with much larger, safer, healthier habitats than they’ve had all these years.”

The initial rescue is expected to cost CPT $5,000. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is donating the cost of the veterinary support to prepare the cats for transport and the cost of transporting them to CPT.

Fulk said caring for the tigers will cost about $5,000 a year, and CPT officials are trying to raise the money through private donations.