Employees thankful after Tiger Safari animals contained

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Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma is home to 170 exotic and potentially dangerous animals.

So when Park Director Bill Meadows learned his park had taken a direct hit, he feared the worst.

"There were several hours where we just had no clue. And we're just thanking God that all the animals are alive and everybody's safe around here," Tamara Hausher said.

Due to flooding and tornado debris, it took staff a while to get there and inspect the grounds. The Grady County Sheriff issued an alert as a precautionary measure.

"I called him, and he's like 'I'm on my way, I have no clue.' So from right then, I just got everybody hoping and praying that all the animals were safe," Hausher said. "There are babies out here. And of course we wanted everyone else around us safe."

Roof damage, flooding, debris throughout the park.

The bear enclosure was also damaged.

"Right now, we have one of the black bears basically quarantined off. It will be transferred to G.W. Park while we do repairs on it," Bill Meadows said.

We are told no animals here ever escaped...An answered prayer that the animals are safe and secure tonight.

"He's actually 16 weeks old, and we're just so thankful that he's safe from the storm."

The director estimates the damage to be around $50,000.