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Federal officials have seized 68 big cats from the Oklahoma zoo documented within the 2020 Netflix series Tiger King.

On Thursday, the US Department of Justice announced that that they had confiscated the exotic animals as a part of their case against owners Jeff and Lauren Lowe.

Officials have inspected the zoo 3 times since December 2020 and have issued multiple citations for failure to properly look after the animals.

Seven lions, 46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, and one jaguar were recovered.

The Lowes are both accused of violating the species Act and therefore the Animal Welfare Act.

During government inspections, the Lowes were repeatedly cited "for failing to supply the animals with adequate or timely veterinary care, appropriate nutrition, and shelter that protects them from inclement weather and is of sufficient size to permit them to interact in normal behaviour", consistent with a news release from the Department of Justice .

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The Lowes were found to be in contempt of the violations, in part, thanks to their failure to rent a professional veterinarian to make sure that the cats could receive the care required by the Animal Welfare Act.

Many of the animals were found to possess bone disorders thanks to calcium deficiency from eating boneless and ground meat, officials say.

In a federal affidavit, officials say the Lowes harassed government workers during inspections, with Mrs Lowe at one point threatening to kill a wildlife official.

"The statement was especially intimidating because their former Tiger King business partner is serving a jail sentence for hiring successful man to assassinate a business rival in another state," the charging document states.

Mr Lowe is that the former business partner of Joe Exotic, star of the hit show.

Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his involvement during a murder plot and animal abuse.

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