PHOTOS: Eureka Springs wildlife refuge rescues eight big cats from Indiana wildlife facility

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 3:53 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2020 at 3:54 PM CDT
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EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KY3) - Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife refuge based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, rescued eight big cats Friday from an Indiana facility.

Scott Smith, co-owner of the refuge, says he and his staff left Thursday to retrieve the animals from Wildlife in Need and Wildlife in Deed, Inc. in Charlestown, Indiana.

A federal court ruled that the Indiana facility, founded by notorious “Tiger King” associate Tim Stark, mistreated its animals. Investigators say many of the big cats were malnourished and needing medical attention.

All eight big cats, which include a combination of lions and tigers, are now back safely at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Check out our photo gallery and tune in to KY3 News at 5, 9 and 10 for more information on the rescue.

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