State News

Aug 19, 2013 8:55 AM

Seventh Big Cat Dies At North Texas Animal Refuge

WYLIE, Texas - A seventh big cat has died at a North Texas animal sanctuary decimated by the outbreak of a virus.

But officials at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in the Dallas suburb of Wylie said the cougar was euthanized due to kidney failure, and not the victim of canine distemper that has claimed other big cats.

The refuge announced over the weekend the death of the cougar, a 20-year-old female named Crimson.

Her death was preceded by the recent deaths of five tigers and a lioness in an outbreak of distemper that refuge officials describe as "an absolute living nightmare."

More than a dozen other animals are still suffering from the virus.

Experts believe raccoons likely started the outbreak by crawling around the large outdoor cages.

»Comments

More News

Top Videos

1 2 3 4

Submit News

Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.

Most Popular

KRISTV.COM is Social!


Click the icons above to receive News, Weather, and Sports alerts from KRISTV.COM!

Inside KRISTV.COM

Contact Us
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Photo Central
Look at photos and videos and share them!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
Texas Lottery
See the latest winning numbers!
6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more