WYLIE, Texas (AP) - The founder of a Texas wildlife sanctuary where a virus has killed several tigers and sickened more than a dozen other big cats says the outbreak has been a nightmare.
Vicky Keahey (KAY'-hee) founded the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie, outside Dallas. She says the ill animals can seem OK one day but then have a seizure and die.
So far, five tigers and a lioness have died. Another 16 big cats are sick.
The virus is called canine distemper, which usually infects dogs. It was discovered at the refuge in late May.
The virus has no cure, so workers at the refuge can only treat symptoms.
Workers also are collecting information about the outbreak to help scientists learn more about the virus.