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North Texas Animal Sanctuary Gets 10 New Big Cats

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WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Eight months after a distemper outbreak began at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie the sanctuary is welcoming more than a dozen new big cats.

In all, 10 adult tigers and three adult cougars have been “re-homed” at the center. The animals will now live at In-Sync Exotics as part of an agreement they entered into with the Caruth C Byrd Wildlife Foundation in Van, Texas.

The cats arrived in three separate groups. The cougars arrived first on January 14. Seven tigers made it to the sanctuary on February 4, and the remaining three arrived yesterday.

The new cats range in age from three to 18 years old.

The new additions mean there are now 63 exotic cats at In-Sync, including three white lions, a golden tabby tiger, a white tiger and two cheetahs.

The population at In-Sync was down after a canine distemper outbreak began in May of 2013. In all, seven big cats succumbed to the disease, which has no cure and is usually associated with dogs. Workers at the sanctuary said all of the remaining cats at the sanctuary were vaccinated to “offer them the best protection available against the disease in the future.”

In-Sync is a non-profit refuge that takes in abused, neglected and unwanted felines. The animals often come from breeding or entertainment facilities or private owners who can no longer care for them.

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