Tippi Hedren tells Michael Jackson’s former pet tigers of his death
The Birds star says she informed the two tigers she adopted from Jackson’s Neverland ranch of the singer’s death, telepathically
Wednesday 1 July 2009 17.10 BST
Tippi Hedren has called upon mourning fans of Michael Jackson to honour his memory by coming to the aid of the exotic animals rescued from his Neverland ranch.
In 2005, Hedren adopted Jackson’s two tigers, Thriller and Sabu, after the singer gave up the private zoo at his Santa Barbara estate. She cares for them at her animal sanctuary, the Los Angeles Shambala Preserve, home to 68 tigers, lions and other big cats who were formerly employed in the entertainment industry, or who were unwanted pets.
The star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds says she informed Thriller and Sabu about the singer’s death at the end of last week. “I went up and sat with them for a while and let them know that Michael was gone,” she explained. “You don’t know what mental telepathy exists from the human to the animal. But I hope they understood.”
Hedren has called upon grieving members of the public to donate money to her organisation and help her call for a law that bans the keeping of big cats as pets.
Other former inhabitants of Jackson’s private zoo were taken on by various sanctuaries and individuals throughout America. His most famed pet, the chimpanzee Bubbles, lives at the Centre for Great Apes in Florida, whose owners are also urging fans for support.