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Arizona officials seize 2 tigers from backyards

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona wildlife officials have seized two tigers that were being kept in backyards in the Phoenix area.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department received reports Dec. 27 about a man posting pictures of himself with his two pet tigers online.

Game and Fish biologist Randy Babb says the first tiger was found rope-tied in a Phoenix backyard on New Year's Eve. The second tiger was located three days later in suburban Gilbert and was being kept in a large dog kennel.

Both tigers are about 8 months old, 200 pounds and appear to be in good health.

Babb says they'll be taken to live at a wildlife preserve in Prescott.

Officials say the animals' owner will be cited when he's located because Arizona prohibits the possession of all wild carnivores.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Illinois peacock escapes pen, freezes to death

DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — An adventurous peacock that escaped its pen at a Chicago-area petting zoo and became frozen in subzero temperatures has died.

The Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo in Dundee says the 5-year-old bird named Blue died Wednesday morning, a day after firefighters rescued the bird from a tree branch about 40 feet from the ground. The temperature outside was 12 degrees below zero.

Brian Mangiaracina (MAN'-grah-cee-nah) is Randall Oaks' park and division manager. He says firefighters and zoo staff plucked Blue from a pine tree about 90 minutes after the bird fled his heated enclosure.

The zoo used warm water and a sweatshirt to restore Blue's circulation. Mangiaracina says Blue likely died because of a buildup of fluid in his lungs from the cold.

Dundee is about 35 miles northwest of Chicago.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Pennsylvania pizza shop delivers medicines during cold snap

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania pizza shop has been delivering prescription medicines and other supplies to ill and elderly residents so they don't have to go outside in the bitter cold.

Tom Wynkoop, owner of Fox's Pizza Den in Ligonier, tells WPXI-TV that he tweeted his offer because his community about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh has a lot of elderly residents.

Wynkoop told those in need to call his cellphone to arrange deliveries of prescription medicines and other products — no strings attached. That's right: Folks don't have to order food from Wynkoop's shop to get help.

Wynkoop says his shop has made four deliveries. He says, "You have to be there for your residents."

The region was hit with record-low, subzero temperatures on Tuesday. Temperatures were subfreezing by Wednesday.

Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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