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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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Praying for these precious tigers,Thriller and Sabu are beautiful..god bless them..also prayng for the Cali residents..I myself went through the terror of bushfires at the start of this year in Austraia actually up the road where the bushes are it was a stressful time..God Bless in my thoughts and prayers,love from Australia..

1846 days ago


Posted by an incredible moron that doesn't give a thought to people and animals that die in fire.

Hope this makes you think twice Burn Baby Burn

36. This is off topic but I hope that California wildfire reaches Neverland and burns it to the ground. That way it can never be turned into a west coast Graceland.

Posted at 8:04PM on Sep 1st 2009 by Burn Baby Burn

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1846 days ago


Now this IS a story that deserves attention. Save those beautiful animals. It's sad how many animals will be killed or displaced as a result of these fires. And then people wonder why we see them in backyards or hanging around in the neighborhoods.

1846 days ago


The are NOT "Michael Jackson's Tigers"!!!!!! TMZ should really stop with all of the crappy articles with MJ's name in the title to get people to read them. The media is still using MJ even after his death to make a buck. Just stop it, TMZ!

I hope the animals are not harmed in any way!

1845 days ago

He-Men Fan!    

I've worked with big cats, and Tippi's right - moving that many animals of that size with the ability to bite and shred in a situation with the potential for triggering fright or anxiety is a GIGANTIC endeavor. She's also 1000% committed to those cats, and I have no doubt she and her staff are on High Alert monitoring conditions and doing whatever they can to protect and preserve the sanctuary.

Please send prayers to keep these brave stewards and their beautiful wards safe and sound!!!!!

1844 days ago

Linda Kelley    

hello; i am looking for the new 2012 Michael Jackson calendar with his tigers sitting on his lap/knee could you please tell me where i may find this item please it is for a friend of mind she is just crazy about michael jackson.
respectfully, i have looked and looked and couldn't find them anywhere

1051 days ago
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