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Big Cat Rescue unveils new 'vacation spot' for tigers, lions

The animals at Big Cat Rescue have something new to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.

A new enclosure known as the Vacation Rotation allows the staff at the venue on Easy Street in northwest Hillsborough County to rotate cats in and out of the large habitat to let them experience new sights and smells, explore new trees and foliage, and enjoy new platforms, dens and toys.

The new $200,000 area was unveiled Tuesday at a media event in which a tiger named Bengali walked gingerly out of his cage and started exploring his home for the next two weeks. When you watch the video above and learn about his story, you'll see why the enclosure means so much to the animals and to the people who care for them.

Bengali, an 18-year-old tiger, explores Tuesday the new 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure added to Big Cat Rescue’s sanctuary for exotic cats.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Bengali, an 18-year-old tiger, explores Tuesday the new 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure added to Big Cat Rescue’s sanctuary for exotic cats.

Big Cat Rescue unveils new 'vacation spot' for tigers, lions 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00pm]
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