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Tiger cub to San Antonio-area animal orphanage

Tiger cub to San Antonio-area animal orphanage

The Associated Press
March 3, 2009, 4:09PM

SAN ANTONIO — An 80-pound pet Bengal tiger cub that grew too large for her owner to handle has a new home in the San Antonio area.

“Vivi” has been donated to the nonprofit Wild Animal Orphanage.

KSAT-TV reports the 5-month-old female cat was getting her vaccinations Tuesday. Video of the process showed Vivi laid out and being examined.

Veterinarian Loretta Ehrlund says Vivi appears to be in good health.

Orphanage director Carol Asvestas (as-VES’-tus) told The Associated Press that the owner didn’t want to give the tiger up, but could no longer control the growing cat.

Asvestas says such animals, even in play, “can do a lot of damage.”

The name of Vivi’s owner, from Rio Grande City, was not released.

On the Net:

http://www.wildanimalorphanage.org

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6292001.html

http://bigcatrescue.org