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FWC looking at social media video of hand touching tiger's nose

Animal preserve director issued citation for allowing someone to have contact with tiger
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Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 08, 2024

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is working on a complaint at the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in rural Naples. A video surfaced on social media, showing a person's hand touching the nose of a fully-grown white tiger.

The investigation says the facility director, Brandy Verder, was giving her parent an up-close tour of the preserve and that her stepfather is the person who touched the tiger.

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Citation issued for director at the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve, in Collier County, for allowing someone to make direct contact with a fully-grown white tiger

Investigators issued Verder a misdemeanor citation for allowing to have physical contact with the tiger.