Truck stop tiger gets new pool

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

GROSSE TETE – Tony, the truck stop tiger, has a new pool to cool off in thanks to the man who raised the $3,800 to build it, Joe “Joe Exotica” Schreibvogel.

Along with the United Zoological Association, Schreibvogel and a construction crew of five recently arrived to construct a brand new pool for the tiger.

Schreibvogel, who raised money for the pool from viewers of his daily Internet television show, “Exotic Animal TV Starring Joe Exotic,” owns over 150 tigers at the animal park, G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla.

The Louisiana Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks whether to take up Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin’s appeal to allow the tiger to remain at the truck stop or allow a ruling by the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to stand.

Sandlin’s truck stop has been displaying tigers for 25 years. Tony, a 13-year-old tiger, was sold to Sandlin by a Texas exotic animal breeder when the creature was six-months old.