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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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Rug Rat    

Give me a break. Don't let any firefighter go and try to save one of these dumb animals. It's the circle of life and just another example of how someone's excessive behavior is causing a HUGE distraction for officials trying to deal with the number one goal for this thing. SAVING PEOPLE. Cook the tigers and feed the people!

1885 days ago
47.

SERIOUSLY!!!    

Is she CRAZY, they (tigers/animals) sense danger fire is dangerous, Tippie you old ass lady! WHERE IS PETA WHEN YOU RELLY NEED THEM!?

1885 days ago
48.

truth    

`Ughh!! Love Michael but have to agree; WILD ANIMALS SHOULD BE IN THE WILD!! I won't even go to the circus anymore & am raising my kids to understand & do the same.

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I totally agree with you, but Michael got them from others who had them as pets and couldn't care for them any longer. So he didn't do anything wrong, like take them out of the wild. He actually helped them.

1885 days ago
49.

wtf    

I'd save tigers over humans any day. We 're too many anyway..tigers disappear.

1885 days ago
50.

THISISIT again MJ breaks records    

Oh dear God no.

MJ loved animals so much. If anything happens to those tigers, I blame media and the other witch hunters that smeared and still continue to smear MJ in life/death.

Those animals could still be living at Neverland and bringing joy to sick children the way the King of Pop wanted.

1885 days ago
51.

THISISIT again MJ breaks records    

And they are just beautiful like the King of Pop.

1885 days ago
52.

Lori in Chicago    

Those tigers are absolutely beautiful. I hope people care enough to really take good care of these animals. They are an endangered species and should be secluded from harm. I will be pi@@ed if anything happens to them, including smoke inhalation...

1885 days ago
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1885 days ago
55.

Hmmmmm    

If only [Jackson] had an enormous fortune, a large family, and an extraordinary network of famous friends to help him cope with [his] problems. Instead of turning to them, he chose to run away from his art, become a drug addict, ruin his personal reputation, dismantle a towering fortune, embark on transparently absurd PR campaigns, and turn himself into a world-class freak show.

1885 days ago
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TMZ Censorship    

42. Insanity Must Ask Clone A Question:

Feeling the way u do about Pete why do you come and post here and still read the stories??

(...and they say Insanity is not civil with individual that don't share Insanity's views...Foolish they are quite...)

Posted at 7:18PM on Sep 1st 2009 by TMZ Post Blocking

1885 days ago
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Hmmmmm    

42. Insanity Must Ask Clone A Question:

Feeling the way u do about Pete why do you come and post here and still read the stories??

(...and they say Insanity is not civil with individual that don't share Insanity's views...Foolish they are quite...)

Posted at 7:18PM on Sep 1st 2009 by TMZ Post Blocking


Some of these people here crazy. Where were all these people when MJ was alive?? My biggest thing is that MJ had some blame in his death and some of these people act like MJ is blameless. But he was a drug addict and that's what happens when you do drugs.


Posted at 7:30PM on Sep 1st 2009 by insane



1885 days ago
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Hmmmmm    

Posted at 7:18PM on Sep 1st 2009 by TMZ Post Blocking

Just to let you know most of the other people you talk to are on the post...

Something That's Definitely Dr. Murray's (De)fault

1885 days ago
59.

mimi    

aww thriller and sabu, i hope they taken care of. they probably miss michael

1885 days ago
60.

jackson's shame    

disgusting that he abandoned all his pets. they all ended up living off charity because he was too cheap to feed them. had to spend his money on drugs

1885 days ago
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