Michael Jackson’s Tigers Among Animals Threatened by L.A. Fire

Michael Jackson’s Tigers Among Animals Threatened by L.A. Fire

September 1, 10:11 PM

They were forced to leave Neverland, now Thriller and Sabu may need another new home.

Michael Jackson’s gorgeous tigers are among the many large cats that roam actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve seemingly unfazed by a wildfire raging only a mile away, reports the Associated Press

Fire officials ordered Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic “The Birds,” to evacuate the sprawling Acton, CA, animal sanctuary days ago. But she sees no need to load up the animals yet.

“Nobody wants lions and tigers going down the road,” Hedren, 79, told The Associated Press on Tuesday in a phone interview from her home on the preserve in northern Los Angeles County.

“We’ve never had to do that. I’m knocking on wood right now. We’ve been through floods, fires, incredible things Mother Nature has the capability of handing us.”

Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith, said she has spoken with the Fire Department and has steel crates and trailers ready to move the 64 big cats if the fire gets closer to the property. In addition, the preserve conducts fire clearance every six months and has a 22,000-gallon water tank, a lake, firefighting pumps and backup generators. Read full story.

Exotic animals at the Wildlife Waystation in Little Tujunga Canyon, is being evacuated as the gigantic Station Fire advances toward its location in the wilderness north of Los Angeles, reports the LA Times.

Founder Martine Collette said evacuations of the animals began on Sunday and up to 275 were being evacuated Monday.

L.A. Now blog wrote yesterday that hordes of volunteers that arrived with pickup trucks to help evacuate the animals. A Waystation spokesperson said even an 18-wheel Budweiser truck came to the rescue.

The waystation is home to hundreds of animals, including lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and bears and even more exotic animals such as ostriches.

Collete says the animals are being taken to the Los Angeles Zoo and other facilities. For info and to donate to help the cause go to /www.wildlifewaystation.org and shambala.org/



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