Species: Liger (Panthera leo × Panthera tigris) DOB: September 30, 2011 Sex: Female Arrival Date: September 30, 2016
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. Fergy is one of those 34 animals.
More about Fergy: Fergy likes to stalk and observe her neighbors and keepers, she will run back and forth with them along the length of her habitat. She loves showing off by playing with her selection of toys and enrichment items. Fergy is also known to chime in and carol with the lions!