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Animals Returned To Tuttle Tiger Safari Park Following Tornado Damage

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Word spread quickly last month when the Tiger Safari Park in Tuttle was hit by the May 6th tornado Word spread quickly last month when the Tiger Safari Park in Tuttle was hit by the May 6th tornado
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Word spread quickly last month when the Tiger Safari Park in Tuttle was hit by the May 6th tornado.

It also sparked a lot of concern, many were worried the damaged park may have allowed the wild animals to roam free.

The fear of tigers roaming free last month, made Tuttle sound more like a jungle. The hashtag “Tigernado” quickly began trending following reports of damage to the Tiger Safari Park.

Now only a month later, park owner Bill Meadows find the humor in it all.

“I think it's kinda funny. I'm sure it's a bunch of college kids that kicked it off,” said Meadows.

Meadows said none of the animals walked the streets that night.

“None of the animals got injured nor none of them got out ever,” he said.

What the tornado did do was cause thousands of dollars in damage and forced some of the animals to be relocated during the repairs.

The North American black bear was transferred to GW Zoo in Wynnewood. They took Smokey and cared for him while repairs to his enclosure and the habitat were being done.

Smokey returned home Thursday, and welcomed back with lots of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Also, with the help of volunteers the park is finally cleaned up.

All animals are safe and secure back in their homes.

While there never was truly a “Tigernado” on May 6th, the park has created a Facebook page called “Tigernado” where they post pictures of the tigers. And there's also talk of a possible movie. The guy talked with Hollywood producers last week but said he'll believe it when he sees it.

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