The phrase "cat house" conjures a smorgasbord of titillating images, but the scene we envision is the gaping maw of an African lion a mere three feet from where we stand. Or the good-natured tousling of a pair of Siberian tiger siblings and the ground-jarring thud they make as they body slam each other to the ground. Such are the up-close and astonishing sights at the big cat exhibits at Austin's very own rescue and rehabilitation zoo. The bad news is that there is an ever-growing need to rescue lions and tigers from illegal owners, cruel circuses, and the like; the good news is the zoo has enlarged and added to its cat habitats allowing even more close encounters of the feline kind.
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