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Spike, Mystic Jungle Sanctuary’s lone tiger, plays in his pool on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, just days following reports a Bengal tiger may be on the loose.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a camera captured grainy photos last week of what may have been a bobcat, but the images are inconclusive.

Several folks called the Democrat saying that a Bengal tiger may be on the loose, possibly escaping from Mystic Jungle Sanctuary.

Sanctuary owners Vera and Mark Chaples want to assure the public that all of their big cats, including Spike, are safe and secure at their home just off US 129, south of Live Oak. The Chaples’ hope to be opening the sanctuary to the public in six to eight months to educate the people about exotic animal conservation.

See Friday’s Suwannee Democrat for a story on the sanctuary.

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