There is rampant animal abuse at the “ Tiger King ” Zoo – this according to federal officials – but Jeff Lowe says the findings are misleading and unfair.
The USDA recently completed an investigation into the GW Exotic Wildlife Park in Oklahoma and criticized the zoo for failing to provide proper veterinary care for lions, tigers and bears. Lowe calls BS on the USDA report, however … and claims it’s for him.
Here are some of what inspectors found according to the report – a 16-week-old lion cub named Nala was lethargic, depressed and so thin that she did not get up from a sitting position even after being prompted. The cub was immediately removed from the park and taken to a veterinarian.
Lowe claims that Nala was saved from Tim stark – who also appeared in the ‘Tiger King’ series – and the zoo has spent a fortune trying to cure her and others to regain her health.
Other examples of neglect – according to the report – include 2 geriatric wolves with arthritis. The USDA says the zoo “was not following the vet’s instructions to provide medicine and bedding to the wolves.”
Inspectors also said there was also an extremely skinny grizzly bear and a black bear that appeared to be underweight … and both bears reportedly displayed increased aggressiveness.
But, Jeff says the report fails to acknowledge that “many of the animals we house here are at the end of their lives and have arthritis and lose weight towards the end of their life.”
He insists the wolves are receiving treatment and the bears are in their appropriate weight class, and says they were recently found to be in good shape by local authorities and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Finally, the USDA says the charred remains of a 17-year-old tigon, along with a dead tiger, were discovered in a large mostly wood debris heap at the back of the park. The report says: “There is a foul smell of rotting flesh and numerous flies are present on the boards and surrounding areas.”
Lowe did not address the dead animals but maintains that the GW Zoo has weekly vet visits and prior to this report … received 5 clean inspections from the USDA.
He tells us he thinks the documentary “Tiger King” painted a poor picture of the zoo. Lowe says all incidents listed by the USDA in its June 22 report have since been corrected.
As we reported … photos of a whistleblower lions suffering from flystrike in June, they were handed over to PETA, who sounded the alarm and implicated the authorities.