Lions, tigers returned to sanctuary threatened by wildfire


LOS ANGELES (AP) — About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats have returned to a Los Angeles sanctuary four days after they were evacuated ahead of a fast-moving wildfire.

Trucks carrying 10 to 15 cats in cages came home Wednesday to the Wildlife Waystation in the Sylmar area.

They were among 300 wild and exotic animals that volunteers helped truck out of the shelter after flames threatened it early Saturday. Some began returning home Tuesday and others will arrive in the next few days.

The fire burned 18 homes in Santa Clarita and surrounding areas and is 40 percent contained.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County says owners have been reclaiming some of the horses, goats, llamas, chickens and pigs that were taken to evacuation shelters. About 240 animals remain.

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