7 Big Cats From North Texas Farm Relocated To NJ Zoo

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – Seven big cats found neglected on a farm in North Texas are settling in their new home at a New Jersey zoo.

The lion with bad teeth, a tailless tiger and five cougars arrived at Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township two weeks ago.

The owner of InSync Exotics, an exotic cat sanctuary in Wylie, contacted the zoo after learning the owner of the farm had died.

Vicky Keahey and her husband Eddie, the owners of InSync Exotics, found 10 cougars, nine lions and one tiger living in horse stalls that appeared not to have been cleaned in years.

“There was a cougar laying in the corner,” Vicky said welling up with tears, during a former CBS 11 News interview. “He had the shakes real bad, so we quickly went over to give him water. He tried three times to get up and get to the water.”

Popcorn Park Zoo manager John Bergmann says the animals will never want for clean water, proper diet, a clean den and big yards to play in.

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One Comment

  1. RussP says:

    How was someone with just a farm keeping 20 big cats, is that legal in Texas? If not, how did they get them to the farm and keep them with no one noticing?

    1. Thomas R. says:

      Unfortunately, Texas has some of the laxest laws in the country regarding exotic animals. You can treat them any way you want, as they are considered property. Domestic cats and dogs have more rights. They can’t even take them from the owners if they are mistreated. The owner has to agree to relinquish ownership of them.

  2. diane walter says:

    wonderful story, thank goodness for rescue organizations..

    1. RussP says:

      The Popcorn Zoo’s website has an extended article about this story.

  3. Mark says:

    A lion with bad teeth? Sounds like Texas to me.

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