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7th big cat dies at Texas animal refuge from virus


POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:14am

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The Houston Chronicle is reporting; a tiger described as the "soul" of a North Texas animal sanctuary became the seventh big cat to die from an outbreak of a fatal virus.

Tacoma, who was 13 years old and weighed in excess of 400 pounds, died Sunday night at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in the Dallas suburb of Wylie.

Spokeswoman Lisa Williams said Tacoma was the sixth tiger killed by canine distemper.  To read more, head to The Houston Chronilce's website:

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