Fires Threaten Center for Animal Research’s 52 Big Cats

Fires Threaten Center for Animal Research’s 52 Big Cats

CNN producer note

Fire Threatens 52 Big Cats in Bridgeport TX
Fire Threatens 52 Big Cats in Bridgeport TX

HeidiKrahn shot these pictures yesterday of wildfires threatening the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport, Texas. There are ‘fires daily in our area and our wells are all going dry from the drought,’ she said. ‘It is very scary to protect all of these incredible animals with little water. We all shower with trickles of water and go to the laundromat to do laundry just to keep the cats with cool water three times a day.’   – jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

iReport —

Please see attached pictures and captions of the Texas grassfire that came dangerously close to burning the 52 Lions, Tigers, Leopards and cougars at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) in Bridgeport, Texas. At least 8 fire departments responded to the blaze.

Update  7/31/2011- The smell of the scorched 100+ acres still lingers in the air.  The fire has been rekindling on and off, day and night since the original outbreak. on Thursday.  Wise County fire specialist, Brad Snodgrass, said with the upcoming record breaking temperatures of 110+ along with  the dehydrated land, the sun and heat alone can ignite a fire.

See photos http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-642723?hpt=hp_bn1

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