“Tiger King” stars Jeff and Laruen Lowe have handed the Department of Justice the remaining exotic animals they had abandoned at the now-closed Tiger King Zoo.
The DOJ filed the notice Friday, stating that the couple “abandoned their right, title, and interest in the animals remaining at the Tiger King park,” previously owned by Joe Exotic, according to KXII.
Porcupine, lemurs, bobcats, ferrets, raccoons, foxes and a camel are just some of the several species that will go into United States custody, the outlet reported.
In January of this year, the Department of Justice ordered that Lowe, 57, give up all of their big cat cubs for violating the Endangered Species Act.
“The court found that the Lowes’ failure to provide safe conditions, proper nutrition, and timely veterinary care resulted in harm to a number of animals, including the death of two tiger cubs less than a week apart,” the DOJ said at the time.
In May, the USDA seized 68 big cats from the property in a raid, but many other animals remained behind.
CEO and founder of Big Cat Rescue and Tiger King star Carol Baskin told KXII the park had as many as 1,400 big cats at its peak under Exotic’s control before it was exchanged into Lowe’s hands in 2018.
In May, the Lowes told KXII they had planned to open another zoo in another part of the country.
In June, Lowe was wanted for skipping a Las Vegas court date for four 2017 charges, three of which were for having wild animals without the proper license or permit.
Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for hiring someone to murder Baskin in 2020, however that sentence was vacated by a judge in July and he will be resentenced.
“There had already been an order to remove all of the animals who were on the endangered species list,” Baskin told KXII.
“All the cubs had been removed, but we were concerned about all these other animals that had been left behind- including some small cats like bobcats, links and caracals.”