HOUSTON (AP) — The ex-owner of a tiger rescued from a filthy cage in an abandoned house in Houston has been charged with animal cruelty.
Nebraska zoo’s new tiger kills its new parrot
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials with the Lincoln Children's Zoo say one of the attraction's new tigers has killed its nearly-new parrot.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the incident...
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Wildlife officials have released into a northern Utah reservoir thousands of tiger muskie fish, a hybrid predator that's popular with anglers and helps keep other species in...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rocky cautiously dipped one catcher's mitt-size paw Sunday into the cool water cascading from a rugged-looking stone waterfall into a broad pool where two giant orange...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger's enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper.
Tiger attacks founder of Arizona nonprofit animal rescue
VALENTINE, Ariz. (AP) — A Bengal tiger attacked a nonprofit animal rescue's founder in northwestern Arizona and will not be put down after the man said it was his fault.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error...
Topeka zoo names keeper involved in tiger attack
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a Kansas zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger is out of intensive care.
Topeka city spokeswoman Mally Hadfield says the woman is stable and was...
Director: Kansas zoo investigating tiger attack
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The director of the Topeka Zoo says a zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger remains in intensive care but her prognosis for recovery is good.
Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m....
Omaha zoo’s Asia exhibit nears completion
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The road to Asia is nearly paved.
The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is putting the finishing touches on its 8-acre, $22 million Asian Highlands exhibit, set to open May...
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A nonprofit zoo in North Carolina says its 10-year-old white tiger choked to death on boneless meat.
The Conservators Center near Burlington said in a Facebook post...
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that an animal shelter can keep a tiger that was rescued from an abandoned Houston home.
The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison has looked after...
- Houston ChronicleFormer owner of tiger found in Houston home arrestedMay 15, 2019
- Columbus TelegramLincoln zoo's new tiger swats, kills zoo's new macawMay 15, 2019
- Odessa AmericanIt’s Fiesta time!May 3, 2019
- Houston ChronicleTiger Prairie tribute to Katy heritageApril 29, 2019
- Mohave Valley Daily NewsKeepers of the Wild founder recovering after maulingApril 27, 2019
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate accused in a murder-for-hire plot (all times local):
SYDNEY (AP) — Three boisterous 10-week-old rare Sumatran tiger cubs have play-wrestled and explored their jungle habitat in their first public appearance at a Sydney zoo.
Sydney zoo introduces rare tiger cubs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Testimony has begun in the attempted murder-for-hire trial of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection is underway for an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor who's charged in an attempted murder-for-hire plot.
Woman finds tiger in house, tells dispatch: ‘I’m not lying’
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who called Houston's non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: "I'm not lying."
Tiger found in abandoned home now at sanctuary
Rare tiger killed in UK safari park; 2nd to die in past week
LONDON (AP) — An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers.
Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept.
Officials say an investigation has been launched to determine how she managed to enter the enclosure through an unlocked door. Shouri had spent 12 of her 13 years at the park.
Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger.
They called the city on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. Authorities nicknamed the tiger "Tyson" after the movie "The Hangover."
Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house
Rare tiger kills prospective mate in London at first meeting
LONDON (AP) — For ten days, the London Zoo kept its newly arrived male Sumatran tiger Asim in a separate enclosure from Melati, the female tiger who was supposed to become his mate.
Zoologists gave them time to get used to each other's presence and smells, and waited for what they felt would be the right time to let them get together. On Friday, they put the two tigers into the same enclosure — and Asim killed Melati as shocked handlers tried in vain to intervene.
Rare tiger gets acquainted with new home at London Zoo
LONDON (AP) — A rare Sumatran tiger is getting acquainted with his new home after arriving at the London Zoo this week.
Asim, from Ree Park Safari in Denmark, was moved to the zoo Tuesday as a new mate for its resident female, 10-year-old Melati.
The zoo's head tiger keeper, Kathryn Sanders, says "Asim is a handsome, confident cat who is known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life. We're hoping he'll be the perfect mate for our beautiful Melati."
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Havar, Abilene Zoo’s white Bengal tiger, dies
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Havar, the white Bengal tiger that has been one of the Abilene Zoo's star attractions for 9½ years, has died at an age estimated between 18 and 20 years.
An Abilene Zoo statement says the big cat died Friday morning of natural causes in the presence of the zoo's care team. The zoo said that "although Havar was considered geriatric, his death has come unexpectedly."
Dr. Stephanie Carle, the zoo veterinarian, said Havar "was such an incredible tiger and was loved by us all."
Feds: Ex-zookeeper offered cash from tiger sales for hit
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former gubernatorial candidate of trying to pay an FBI agent posing as a hit man with money from selling tigers.
NE Indiana animal sanctuary mourns deaths of 2 animals
ALBION, Ind. (AP) — Staff members at a northeastern Indiana animal sanctuary are mourning the deaths of two of its longtime animal residents.
The Black Pine Animal Sanctuary says its 18-year-old female tiger, Jai, was found dead Friday at the sanctuary in Albion, about 25 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.
NJ bars circuses, carnivals from using wild, exotic animals
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill to bar traveling acts from using wild and exotic animals such as elephants and tigers.
The measure signed Friday makes it illegal to use such animals in carnivals, circuses, fairs, parades, petting zoos and similar live events.
"These animals belong in their natural habitats or in wildlife sanctuaries, not in performances where their safety and the safety of others is at risk," Murphy said in a statement.
Man charged after tiger cub appears in YouTube star’s video
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with illegally owning and mistreating a tiger cub that appeared in a video with YouTube star Logan Paul.
The Los Angeles city attorney's office announced the charges against 32-year-old Nicholas Perkins on Wednesday.
Investigators say they identified Perkins and the cub by watching one of Paul's videos.
Connecticut zoo receives $1 million for tiger habitat
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo says it has received $1 million from a longtime zoo supporter to fund the creation of a new habitat for a family of tigers.
12-year-old tiger to depart Bridgeport zoo
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An Amur Tiger at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is leaving this weekend for a new permanent home.
The 12-year-old tiger named Petya has been in Connecticut for three years since it came from the Indianapolis Zoo. The animals live primarily in southeast Russia and generally live in captivity for up to 22 years.
China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading
BEIJING (AP) — China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife.
The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Cabinet official Ding Xuedong as saying Monday that the change had "been postponed after study."
Oklahoma zookeeper accused of killing 5 tigers, selling cubs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and candidate for governor already accused in a murder-for-hire plot has been indicted on 19 new counts accusing him of killing tigers and selling tiger cubs.
A federal grand jury unsealed the charges Wednesday against 55-year-old Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who's known as "Joe Exotic" and formerly operated a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Maldonado-Passage ran unsuccessfully for Oklahoma governor this year.
Indian villagers crush tigress to death after she killed man
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Villagers in northern India have crushed a tigress to death with a tractor after she killed a man, officials said Monday.
Forest officer Mahavir Kaujlagi said that villagers had circled around the tigress after it killed a man working on farmland late Sunday. When the tigress tried to escape, the villagers crushed it under the wheels of a tractor.
Villagers say the tigress also injured a youth in an attack about 10 days ago.
China reverses ban on trade in tiger, rhino products
BEIJING (AP) — China says it will allow trading in products made from endangered tigers and rhinos under "special circumstances," reversing a long-standing ban and bringing condemnation from conservation groups.
A notice from the Cabinet issued Monday avoided mentioning any change in the law, saying instead that it would "control" the trade and that rhino horns and tiger bones could only be obtained from farmed animals for use in "medical research or in healing."
Akron Zoo announces $17 million expansion
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Akron Zoo in Ohio has announced a $17 million expansion plan that includes a new exhibit featuring lions and tigers.
Zoo officials say the Pride of Africa area will open in May 2019, and the Wild Asia area will open in summer 2020.
The zoo will also expand its train ride and add a new splash pad.
Zoo says 4 tiger cubs born Monday will soon get names
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka Zoo officials have revealed that of the four rare Sumatran tiger cubs born there earlier this week, three are male and one is female.
Anglers lure growing number of muskies in Lake Audubon
COLEHARBOR, N.D. (AP) — A fisherman casts an oversized swimbait into about three feet of water and begins to retrieve it back to the boat — crazy stuff for hot weather in late August when fish are supposed to be enjoying the cool of the depths.
Suddenly the sensation of a big fish on the line is felt in the angler's hand. The fishing rod bends like a rainbow and struggles under the load. It is immediately obvious that this is no ordinary fish.
Big cats have ‘Obsession’ with these designer fragrances
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Cats have discerning palates, and sometimes catnip just isn't enough.
Sometimes, only the best will do. For big cats such as tigers, it's Calvin Klein's "Obsession" fragrance. It's like an upscale catnip to the giant felines.
The nonprofit Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, North Carolina uses different scents as part of enrichment for the colossal kitties it cares for, but the idea isn't new.
Topeka Zoo welcomes 4 Sumatran tiger cubs
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of people watched as streaming webcams captured a Sumatran tiger giving birth to four cubs in Topeka.
UK’s Prince William warns of criminal threat to wildlife
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has told a two-day international wildlife protection conference that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct.
"It's heartbreaking to think that by the time my children, George, Charlotte and Louis are in their 20s, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild," he told the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference hosted by the British government.
Lion attacks owner in Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A female lion attacked a man who apparently kept her along with another lion and a tiger as pets at his home in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said Tuesday.
A Juarez police official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said police were called to the house in the upscale Rincones de San Marcos neighborhood on Sunday.
Police found the man bloodied and unconscious. He was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.