Canine distemper toll mounts at Texas sanctuary

08/27/2013 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Canine distemper virus has killed seven of the 50-plus lions, cougars, tigers, bobcats and other animals living at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center near Dallas. About 30 years ago, researchers discovered that distemper can sicken big cats, and the virus killed nearly one-third of the Serengeti's 3,000 lions in a 1994 outbreak. A dozen other big cats at the Dallas-area sanctuary are still sick with the virus.

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