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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Save the World Saturday: A Fuzzy Problem

Though it shouldn't be, it is legal in the United States to own a bear, a lion, a tiger, or a wolf as a pet. While most of the population is smart enough not to attempt to do so, the small number of mouth-breathers who see nothing wrong with keeping a full-grown tiger in a cage in their backyard still present a significant problem when those animals need to be rescued for their own health and safety. These animals cannot be re-released into the wild, they aren't wild themselves anymore. (Of course, they aren't exactly domestic, either.)
What do you do with such an animal?
Well, if you're Pat Craig of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO, you build a facility in which these magnificent beasts can live out the rest of their days with room to roam and play and, well, be magnificent.
This video is from last month, so the lions are there now. If you go to my other blog, there's a longer video from a few years back that details the rescue process that WAS engages in on a regular basis.
I'm amazed by how Pat Craig has addressed this enormous problem, but, of course, he can't do it alone.
And, yes, you can visit the facility.

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