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Truck stop tiger to be stuffed and mounted owner says

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Tony the tiger at Grosse Tete truck stop / courtesy of The Advocate Tony the tiger at Grosse Tete truck stop / courtesy of The Advocate
GROSSE TETE, La. -

The truck stop tiger in Grosse Tete will be stuffed an mounted at the location after a necropsy is done to learn more about the tiger's illness, WBRZ reports

On Tuesday Tony's owner, Michael Sandlin, spoke to WBRZ stating that he would have the tiger stuffed, mounted and displayed at the truck stop.

Sandlin went on to say that he wants to acquire another tiger, but the state currently will not allow it. He says he plans to file an 'emergency writ' to demand another tiger.

Ted Baldwin, the publicist of the owner of the truck stop in Grosse Tete, reported that Tony the Tiger was put down on Monday. A necropsy will be done by veterinarians to determine the exact cause of death.

Tony was six months old when he moved into the Tiger Truck Stop, in January of 2001. Recently Tony, who was about to turn 18, was diagnosed with renal kidney failure. Read our original story here

More information about Tony's death is expected to be released after the necropsy is complete. A memorial has been set at the truck stop where Tony was kept in a cage. 

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