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Tigers rescued from facility that had to close its doors

The International Federation for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has rescued three tigers from a sanctuary in Texas and will be transporting them to the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary in North Carolina.

The Wild Animal Orphanage in Texas had been home to the three big cats, but due to tough economic times, was forced to close their doors. The IFAW worked with the USDA and the Attorney General of Texas to build a plan that would dissolve the orphanage and place all of the animals in facilities across the country.

"The volunteers and staff of Carolina Tiger Rescue are incredibly excited to meet our newest arrivals," said curator of animals at the Carolina Tiger Rescue Kathryn Bertok. "We look forward to offering these wonderful animals a grand life filled with lots of love and attention."

The IFAW estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 tigers currently live in captivity in the U.S., which is twice as many that currently live in the wild today.

Experts predict that tigers could be extinct within the next 20 years because of poaching and the destruction of their natural habitat.
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