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"Tigger" Comes to

Posted December 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A nine-month-old Bengal tiger begins the new year with a new home in Chatham County.

"Tigger" received national attention when animal control authorities found him abandoned in Houston, Texas, starving and chained to a tree. His new home is a preserve for wild animals -- many of whom also started off as cuddly pets.

Carnivore Preservation Trust staffer Windy Stinner says that while Tigger was a little cranky after a long truck ride from Texas, he travelled well.

Loneliness almost killed Tigger. Like many animals at the Carnivore Preservation Trust, Tigger grew to big to be a pet, and his owner abandoned him. Taking care of the animals' needs, and the public's safety, is what the Trust is all about, says Director Nancy Shonwaiter.

CPT volunteer Lori Widener says that people usually discover they've made a mistake when their pet tiger reaches six months old.

CPT volunteers are taking Tigger to his new home, for a new life, with new friends and plenty of attention.

The Carnivore Preservation Trust is raising funds to construct a new 14,000 square foot wooded enclosure for Tigger's permanent home.