Turpentine Creek staff were joined by Bill Plummer (TCWR Board Chairman), his wife Nancy, Eric Studer (TCWR Board Member) and two representatives of IFAW. The group met at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge parking lot at 8:00 AM and departed at 8:30 AM. After a brief stop for truck fuel everyone arrived at RTS by 10:15 AM and went right to work.
After just a few minutes Tanya Smith relayed Betty's final decision on which two tigers were to be moved, Lilly and JoElla. Since Lilly was closest to the trailer we started with her. Emily McCormack and Scott Smith took turns passing the pole syringe back and forth until Lilly finally presented her rear end and Emily responded perfectly with a sedative injection. With the perfect amount of sedative on board Lilly remained motionless for her 125 foot trip to the rescue trailer.
Lilly is not a light tiger, in fact she probably topped five hundred pounds. To complicate things there were three doors plus two trailer doors to manuver Lilly's limp body through. It was tough for 8 people, each holding a handle, to lift and squeeze through the narrow passages while monitoring Lilly at the same time.
IFAW rep. Kelly Donithan
Here is a shot of the enclosure Turbo was in.
It took 7 men to carry him out but little did he know his rescuers had arrived.
Two hours later he arrived at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge as thousands of advocated across the Globe rejoice that 5 more tigers are now safe there are still 5 last remaining tigers to be rescued.
TURPENTINE CREEK AND OUR SUPPORTERS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OUR INITIAL FUNDRAISING GOAL TO RESCUE THE TIGERS FROM RIVERGLEN TIGER SANCTUARY! The money raised was to secure their safe arrival and to build them each their own 1,000 square foot enclosure. These enclosures are almost built and only five big cats remain to be moved. Now its time to do the "Turpentine Creek" thing and build them a 5,000 square foot run. These runs have to be 12 foot tall with a three foot jump guard (to meet new USDA regulations) and will cost $7,000 each to build. I know we have asked a lot of you, but can you donate again?
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For more info on how you can continue to support these Big Cats Rescued from Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary please contact Turpentine Creek Wldlife Refuge .....Thank you