Wild Cats Travel to Nebraska

Tigers, leopards and more appear at Papillion Days festival this week.

Posted: June 13, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Great Cat Adventures is bringing its traveling show to Papillion, Neb., June 12 to 15 to introduce the town’s residents to some wild cats. Featured animals will include a royal white Bengal tiger, a Bengal tiger, a black leopard, a spotted leopard, a cougar, an African serval and two tiger cubs. For $18, people can have their pictures taken with the two baby tigers, the Papillion Times reports.

The cats will be on display in cages under tents with fencing, according to Rachael Cascio, executive director of the Papillion Community Foundation. Cascio emphasized public safety is the first concern of the foundation and the City of Papillion. Because of safety concerns, no parking will be allowed in the City Park parking lot.

Great Cat Adventures operates a nonprofit wildlife rescue in Akota, Okla., where it cares for wild cats of all ages and types. Only cats 18 months old and younger participate in the traveling show; older cats live out their lives at the sanctuary.

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Robert    Syracuse, NY

6/22/2008 9:06:01 PM

This is most interesting as it gives people a chance to see these beautiful creatures that they might otherwise see close up.

Desiree    Papillion, NE

6/15/2008 10:19:39 AM

I'm going to that show! It's such a surprise that Cat Channel brought that! I live in Nebraska so thats kind of cool!

lisa    elkhart, IN

6/13/2008 3:27:18 PM

At least they are safe & not being killed. They are doing a great thing to safe the breeds.

Moni    Boise, ID

6/13/2008 2:44:26 PM

I wish they would come here. But yes, as much as I'd love to see them I have to agree with Cathy.

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