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Canine Distemper Kills Fourth Big Cat In Wylie

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WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A fourth big cat has died at an animal sanctuary in Wylie where officials are trying to stop the spread of canine distemper.

A spokeswoman for In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie says an 11-year-old male white tiger named Harley died Wednesday night. Harley’s 9-year-old brother, Abrams, died Monday. A 12-year-old male tiger named Apollo and a 17-year-old lioness called Layla died earlier this month.

More than 20 exotic cats at the center have been diagnosed with canine distemper in recent weeks. Symptoms range from runny noses to seizures.

Wildlife officials are working with veterinarians on the outbreak. Experts believe the canine distemper was transmitted by wild raccoons.

Wylie is 20 miles northeast of Dallas.

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