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Michael Jackson's Tigers in the Line of Fire

9/1/2009 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two of Michael Jackson's tigers are currently living in an animal sanctuary right near the massive wildfire burning in California -- but despite mandatory evacuations in the area, they're not going anywhere.

Sabu & Thriller
We just spoke to the VP in charge of operations at Shambala Preserve -- owned by "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren -- who tells us "We house 64 big cats and it would be a logistical nightmare to bring all these cats down the road and get in the firefighters way of doing their job."

Two of those 64 cats: Thriller and Sabu (seen above), who were once owned by Michael Jackson. We're told the animals are fine and "don't even realize the commotion around them."

All the employees at the Preserve will be riding out the fire with the animals. As for supplies, they have water tanks, pumps, hoses, generators and a "fridge full of food."

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the a-hole    

GET THOSE TIGERS OUT OF THERE!

1818 days ago
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vivi    

cute tigers!

1818 days ago
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pam    

Come on Tippi! Get off your ass and move them...all your animals.

1818 days ago
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laura    

lazy ass!!!! it is hers and her staffs responsibility to look after the welfare of these animals and make sure they are safe. to say you aren't going to move them because it would be chaos is rediculous. if it was done in a constructive manner and it wasn't all at once, they could be moved w/ minimal chaos. but if she'd rather they die to protect her prescious stress level, then so be-it. it will be worse for all of them in the long run. dumb ass bitch.

1818 days ago
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Lynne    

Poor things! I hope they stay safe. Isn't that the cutest picture?

1818 days ago
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mike    

who cares about the tigers http://westraightpostin.blogspot.com/

1818 days ago
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$$$    

and laura has had sooooooo much experience with big cats, right???

1818 days ago
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mrez golucky    

Yikes!

1818 days ago
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the a-hole    

Yeah. Those ARE cute tigers... Heh woh, ti-guhz!
SOMEBODY, PUT THAT FIRE OUT!

1818 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

What next for California, an earthquake?

1818 days ago
11.

kitty    

omg what a cute picture!!! i hope it pours down rain soon and puts that fire out!

1817 days ago
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Vanesa    

they so beautiful, Thriller and Sabu hope they are fine, LOVE YOU MJ RIP, u are missed, really

1817 days ago
13.

princesspink    

Hello.

I don't care.

Thank you.

P.S. Tmz is slipping... but Harvey Levin still rocks.

1817 days ago
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mickey lou    

Tippi needs to put on her full length mink & pack up those animals & get the heck out of there!

1817 days ago
15.

Linda Mott    

SAVE THE TIGERS.

1817 days ago
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