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Lambert the lion and Tasha Joy the tiger to be transported to Colorado

LAMBERT the lion and Tasha Joy the tiger, the last wild animals at the former Saipan Zoo, left the island on Wednesday evening.

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Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers help load the cages of Lambert and Tasha Joy who will be transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado.
Tasha Joy the tiger in a cage.  Contributed photos

Its owner Frank Aldan said the 15-year-old animals will be relocated to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado.

He said he had been looking for a new home for the two animals since the zoo was destroyed by Typhoon Soudelor in Aug. 2015. The zoo has been closed since then. “What was left of the zoo was not fit for animals like them,” he added.

After an exchange of communications with the Colorado wildlife sanctuary staff, Aldan said he decided to send the lion and the tiger to Colorado.

Samaritan’s Purse, which has its own plane, offered to transport the animals to the wildlife sanctuary in Colorado.

An evangelical Christian humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s Purse brought relief supplies to Saipan and Tinian after the islands were hit by Typhoon Yutu.

“It breaks my heart to see them leave, but I know they will go to a place where they can socialize with their own kind,” Aldan said in a phone interview, referring to Lambert and Tasha Joy.

“It is good that they can be in a sanctuary. Colorado’s one of the largest in the U.S.,” he added.

Aldan acquired the lion and the tiger from the Southern Comfort Ranch on Guam. The animals were two years old when the ranch was shut down.

“I took care of them since they were little, but they now need to find a better home. The sanctuary will be that home for them,” he said.