Rescue Story:In 2016, the owner of a Colorado based cub petting and breeding operation was diagnosed with cancer, and could no longer run his profitable business. Turpentine Creek acquired the 12-acre closed-down exhibition facility to enable our rescue of the 115 animals onsite. There, we found big cats suffering in cramped cages with flimsy plywood dens that were dangerously exposed to public areas. Onsite records showed very little history of veterinary care, but revealed that the owner had ties to Joe Exotic, and was breeding his big cats to supply other entities within the cub petting and entertainment industries.
TCWR staff and interns spent six months both onsite caring for the animals, and in the relocation of every animal to accredited sanctuaries throughout the nation. After 6 months, and many miles traveled, all animals were placed in forever homes for a second chance at life and 34 of those animals came to Turpentine Creek. Bosco is one of those 34 animals.
More about Bosco: The facility in Colorado was a site for breeding, and therefore Bosco and Mama are the parents of five cubs: Rocklyn, Peyton, Black Fire, Tanya, and Kizmin -- All of which were brought down to the Refuge during the rescue process. Upon arriving to TCWR, Bosco was not only neutered to prevent further breeding, but also to allow him to remain with his mate Mama. This vocal tiger can usually be found napping on his bench under the shade in his habitat, playing with his blue barrel toy or even greeting his keepers with a friendly chuff!