A day after the move of two tigers and a leopard in Seminole didn't go as planned, state wildlife officials successfully transported the animals from Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Thursday.
The tigers and a leopard were confiscated a year-and-a-half ago from a Palm Beach facility owned by "Tarzan" actor Steve Sipek.
Sipek, however, won a court battle to get them back.
For more than a year, Yates has been caring for the cats at his facility.
He's paid their food and medical bills, at a total cost of about $60,000.
A judge has ordered the cats be removed from Yates' facility and moved to another near Sipek, who is still not allowed to keep them at his home facility.
The animals were taken to Animal Adventures in Okeechobee.
Yates isn't happy they'll technically be Sipek's property again.
"I find it aggravating," Yates said.
"I don't care who you are, if you have permits to possess certain animals, you should damn well be able to deal with those animals. If you can't deal with those animals you shouldn't be in possession of them," said Yates.
Yates said he's glad the cats are leaving. He said they haven't been friendly during their time with him.
But he wasn't planning to pay out-of-pocket for their care.
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