Society Says Zoo Let Kids Pet Tigers

Government officials now investigating


The Humane Society of the United States says an exotic animal park in Oklahoma has let children pet young tigers. An undercover Humane Society operative who worked at G.W. Exotic Animal Park last year videotaped children playing with exotic cats in a “petting zoo” and reported multiple incidents in which tigers bit or scratched visitors. The operative also reported deficiencies in animal care, including not watering a bear on a hot day. The park owner, Joe Schreibvogel, denies the accusations and said he plans to file animal cruelty charges against the operative for not correcting the deficiencies he allegedly observed when working at the park. The park is already under investigation for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs in 2009 and 2010.

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