'Cat Tales' talks about safety practices that help prevent lion attacks

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Handlers at 'Cat Tales' says no one at their facility is ever allowed to handle animals by themselves.

'Cat Tales" is home to dozens of big cats who have been rescued from abusive homes, transferred from other facilities around the country and others were born there.

Curator Mike Wyche says the facility has never had a major incident, but when he heard about yesterday's deadly lion attack in California he was worried the person was one of his own.

Wyche has taught countless people at 'Cat Tales'  over the years. At the beginning of everyday, he and all students recite a motto.

"If you're going to be stupid don't do it here. Complacency will get you killed and it won't sink in until the teeth do," said Wyche.

Wyche says no one goes into the cages or handles the animals alone. He says not every park has that policy.

All gates at the facility have at least two locks and students are taught to never turn their back on the cats. Wyche says he has been hurt by the cats knocking him down on accident and he says he is fortunate an animal has never attacked him.

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