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Carole Baskin calls on zoo to release balding tiger to sanctuary 

Actress Minka Kelly, 40, and Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, 59, are fighting for a common cause and pleading for a tiger who they say is suffering at a South Carolina zoo to be released to a sanctuary.

Kelly penned a letter to the owners of the of the Waccatee Zoo where Lila, a nearly bald tiger, is being penned and urged them to let the big cat get the care it needs, according to Page Six.

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has offered to step in and facilitate transferring Lila to an ‘accredited sanctuary where she can receive expert care and appropriate treatment.’

Big heart: Actress Minka Kelly and Tiger King's Carole Baskin are fighting for a common cause and pleading for a tiger who they say is suffering at a South Carolina zoo to be released to a sanctuary, according to Page Six

Big heart: Actress Minka Kelly and Tiger King’s Carole Baskin are fighting for a common cause and pleading for a tiger who they say is suffering at a South Carolina zoo to be released to a sanctuary, according to Page Six

‘I understand that Waccatee Zoo visitors have documented Lila’s worsening condition, how she incessantly licks at her bare skin and stands in a hunched posture inside her cramped cage,’ Minka Kelly wrote in the letter obtained by Page Six.

She added: ‘Lila clearly needs immediate help. Please, accept PETA’s offer and let her be transferred to an accredited sanctuary without further delay.’

Ironically, Minka played a character named Lyla in her star making role in Friday Night Lights. 

PETA agreed that the bald tiger is suffering from an apparent condition that is not being treated at the ‘deplorable’ facility and is one of many animals housed at the roadside zoo in need of adequate care.

Poor thing: Kelly penned a letter to the owners of the of the Waccatee Zoo where Lila, a nearly bald tiger, is being penned and urged them to up an offer from PETA to let the big cat get the care it needs

Poor thing: Kelly penned a letter to the owners of the of the Waccatee Zoo where Lila, a nearly bald tiger, is being penned and urged them to up an offer from PETA to let the big cat get the care it needs

'I understand that Waccatee Zoo visitors have documented Lila's worsening condition, how she incessantly licks at her bare skin and stands in a hunched posture inside her cramped cage,' Minka Kelly wrote (Kelly pictured as cheerleader Lyla in Friday Night Lights)

‘I understand that Waccatee Zoo visitors have documented Lila’s worsening condition, how she incessantly licks at her bare skin and stands in a hunched posture inside her cramped cage,’ Minka Kelly wrote (Kelly pictured as cheerleader Lyla in Friday Night Lights)








The nonprofit has sent ‘numerous complaints to the USDA and state and local officials requesting that these agencies investigate this deplorable facility, but conditions haven’t improved.’

According to Page Six, the zoo was inspected back in March and managed to eek by with a passing grade despite some red flags like animals with overgrown hooves and dirty pens.  

The zoo owners refused to comment on the matter when approached by the outlet but did quip that they had been ‘harassed’ by the zealous animal rights group for over 30 years. 

The outlet also spoke with Tiger King’s Carole Baskin about the big feline and she echoed the cries to have Lila released into a sanctuary. 

'I am especially concerned for the health and well-being of Lila,' Carole Baskin told the outlet. 'She appears to be enduring great suffering from an apparent medical condition that has left her nearly bald and not receiving proper veterinary care.' (Baskin pictured in Tiger King)

‘I am especially concerned for the health and well-being of Lila,’ Carole Baskin told the outlet. ‘She appears to be enduring great suffering from an apparent medical condition that has left her nearly bald and not receiving proper veterinary care.’ (Baskin pictured in Tiger King)

'She's been confined to a tiny, barren cage for years and is often seen pacing, a sign of stress … Tigers maintain full coats of hair for their entire lives unless there is a serious underlying health issue,' Baskin said

‘She’s been confined to a tiny, barren cage for years and is often seen pacing, a sign of stress … Tigers maintain full coats of hair for their entire lives unless there is a serious underlying health issue,’ Baskin said








‘I am especially concerned for the health and well-being of Lila,’ Baskin said. ‘She appears to be enduring great suffering from an apparent medical condition that has left her nearly bald and not receiving proper veterinary care.

‘She’s been confined to a tiny, barren cage for years and is often seen pacing, a sign of stress … Tigers maintain full coats of hair for their entire lives unless there is a serious underlying health issue.’ 

Baskin, who owns Big Cat Rescue and rose to fame in 2020 as the nemesis of Joe Exotic in Netflix’s Tiger King, has also faced some complaints for her own treatment of the animals. 

The 59-year-old insists that her Tampa based organization is a rescue as opposed to a zoo and has defended her use of unpaid volunteers who handle upkeep at the sprawling space.

Standing their ground: The zoo owners refused to comment on the matter when approached by the outlet but did quip that they had been 'harassed' by the zealous animal rights group for over 30 years

Standing their ground: The zoo owners refused to comment on the matter when approached by the outlet but did quip that they had been ‘harassed’ by the zealous animal rights group for over 30 years

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