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Grosse Tete truck stop will no longer display animals

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 12:44:38-04

The Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete will no longer display animals.

The truck stop, known previously for being the home of a Bengal tiger named Tony and recently famous for a camel encounter last year will no longer put exotic animals on display.

WBRZ reports that the new co-owner of the Tiger Truck Stop confirmed the change. The announcement comes as ownership of the truck stop changes hands in the wake of its former owner retiring last month.

The truck stop has been an attraction for some time, housing Tony, a Bengal tiger who passed away in 2017 and a camel named Casper.

That camel then drew national attention last year after it had a run-in with a woman who entered the enclosure to retrieve her dog. Video showed the camel sat on top of the woman, who in turn bit the animal's testicles in order to get the animal off of her.

WBRZ reports that Johnny and Dana Ewing, along with their business partner, James Jarreau, bought the truck stop in June from the previous owner, Michael Sandlin.

The new owners will not be continuing to display animals on property. The camel was sent off to a zoo in Alexandria and the cages were taken down.

"No tiger cage. I don't know anything about the animals. I got three kids of my own so I got enough animals at home. I don't need any more animals," Jarreau told WBRZ.

WBRZ reports that In a few months, the new owners hope to break ground on the new tiger truck stop in the same location. They'll eventually tear down the original building and repave the parking lot where the animals were once caged.

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