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Inside IFAW’s dramatic tiger and lion rescue

What does it take to rescue 11 starving tigers and transport them to safety? Vicki talked with IFAW’s Kelly Donithan as she drove to the airport just minutes after she completed her mission.

Donithan is the Wildlife Rescue Program Officer with IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, who headed up a remarkable rescue effort over the last three days—saving tigers, lions, bears, and wolves who, officials say, were not being cared for or fed properly at a privately owned facility called JNK’s Call of The Wild Sanctuary in Western New York state.

We caught Kelly in Indiana where she had just dropped off six of the rescued tigers. Over three days, Kelly had been part of a team made up of other members of IFAW, and crews from three law enforcement agencies, the USDA, six animal sanctuaries, licensed veterinarians, and experienced animal transporters, who came to the rescue of 11 tigers as well as lions, bears, wolves, and other smaller animals.

She gave us the latest news on the effort.

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