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Rescued Tigers Doing Grrreat

Former tiger of Mike Tyson getting healthier



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    Four tigers rescued from a Gary, Indiana tattoo parlor more than three months ago are flourishing in their new habitat.

    The cats were removed from Roy "Boy" Cooper's ink shop in May.

    According to the Northwest Indiana Times, when officials from the United States Department of Agriculture found the tigers, they were underweight, lethargic, and had skin issues.

    Now, Joe Taft, founder and owner of the non-profit Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana where the tigers are making their new home, says they are "better than they were, have gained weight, improved their coats, and are in better overall health."

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    One of the tigers, named Storm, used to be owned by boxer Mike Tyson. Cooper purchased the Siberian tiger from Tyson before the champ claimed bankruptcy in 2003.

    When the tigers were taken from Roy "Boy" Cooper, he said he felt he followed the USDA's requirements for keeping tigers and had been doing so for 50 years.

    Cooper, 64, died nearly two months after the tigers were taken away from him. His son tells the Northwest Indiana Times"losing the tigers may have sped up the process."

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