How Michael Jackson’s tigers ended up in East Texas
Posted: June 29, 2009 06:12 PM EDT
Updated: June 30, 2009 05:01 PM EDT
Meet the tiger formerly known as “Thriller.” “Sierra” was “Thriller” during her 8 months at Mike Jackson’s place, while “Sabu” is now “Akolon.” But how did Tiger Creek end up with part of Michael Jackson’s menagerie?
Tiger Creek’s director of operations, Terri Werner says, “When the cats were about 9 months old, the trainer was in a car accident. They decided not to get a new trainer so they called us to see if we could take them back. Since I had placed them with them I decided it was my responsibility to take them back.”
So, it’s really a sad story of not getting a Hollywood break, turning tail and coming home. Not there’s anything wrong with that. After all, what “Sierra” and “Akolon” want, they get.
“We do have a little bit of a problem with one of them, ” says Terri, “The male, Akolon, is going to have an ultra-sound done this Thursday. He has a mass on his belly we gotta check out to see what’s going on.”
We asked if it was angst over the loss of Michael Jackson. Terri says, “Who knows,” but doesn’t think that’s likely.
When the animals make their chuffing sound it’s a good thing. It means they are happy, and saying hello.
And if you wondered if the cats got along with Michael Jackson’s chimp, Terri says she has no idea, “probably if he did he didn’t do it for long.”