Samaritan's Purse receives PETA award for airlifting starving tiger and lion | 12/20/2018 | Staff
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The Franklin Graham-led evangelical humanitarian aid agency has won an award from the nation’s leading animal rights organization for helping save the lives of a tiger and lion left starving after a giant typhoon.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has this week given a Compassionate Action Award to the North Carolina-based charity for helping transport the animals from the Pacific island of Saipan to their new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Weld County, Colorado.

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According to PETA, Samaritan’s Purse had airlifted more than 80 tons of supplies to the U.S. commonwealth in the North Mariana Islands following the devastation caused by Typhoon Yutu in November.

It was after Samaritan’s Purse’s third delivery of relief supplies to the island that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency called on the organization for help in transporting Tasha, the Siberian tiger, and Lambert, the African lion, from a roadside zoo that had been damaged by the storm.

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The animals were flown to Colorado using Samaritan’s Purse’s DC-8 aircraft.

According to PETA, the rescue was made possible by Tigers in America, the organization that coordinated the rescue and supplied food and medical care for Tasha and Lambert.

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Additionally, The Wild Animal Sanctuary rushed equipment and personnel to the Pacific island to manage the transport.

“Typhoon Yutu hit at the end of October and is the largest natural disaster ever to hit the U.S. territories,” Samaritan’s Purse’s Daniel Ruiz said in a video. “When FEMA heard we were going to be bringing this third flight with relief supplies, they knew we would be returning home with an empty plane and they had identified a lion and a tiger at a local zoo here who were in need of relocation. The zoo was destroyed in the storm and we agreed to help out.”


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