The US Justice Department is suing the current owner of the exotic animal zoo featured in the Netflix series “Tiger King” — alleging its animals were in bad shape and “decomposing big cat carcasses” were found on the premises.
The feds’ civil complaint alleges that Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe violated the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act while operating the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.
In the summer, inspectors from the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service found a number of animals in poor health and hygiene at the park, the DOJ said.
One lion cub, named Nala, was “lethargic, depressed, thin, and would not get up out of the mud even after prompting,” the DOJ said in a statement.
The cub was later diagnosed with with an upper respiratory infection, dehydration and urinary tract infection, the DOJ said.
The feds also alleged found “foul-smelling, partially burned and decomposing big cat carcasses and a