The latest roadside zoo that has caught the attention of “Tiger King” nemesis Carole Baskin also has actress Minka Kelly concerned.
The “Friday Night Lights” star, whose character, Lyla, shares the same name but a different spelling from the balding tiger in trouble at the Waccatee Zoo in South Carolina, penned a letter to owners Kathleen and Jeff Futrell begging them to release their exotic cat to a wildlife sanctuary.
“I understand that Waccatee Zoo visitors have documented Lila’s worsening condition, how she incessantly licks at her bare skin and stands in a hunched posture inside her cramped cage,” reads the letter, obtained exclusively by Page Six.
“Lila clearly needs immediate help. Please, accept PETA’s offer and let her be transferred to an accredited sanctuary without further delay.”
As The Post reported, the Myrtle Beach-based zoo passed its most recent inspection in March, though it wasn’t without issues.
“One adult female zebu and two adult llamas had significantly overgrown hooves,” the report noted, and “the shelters for the zebu cattle and peccaries were excessively soiled and muddy.”
“I am especially concerned for the health and well-being of Lila,” Baskin told The Post. “She appears to be enduring great suffering from an apparent medical condition that has left her nearly bald and not receiving proper veterinary care.
“She’s been confined to a tiny, barren cage for years and is often seen pacing, a sign of stress … Tigers maintain full coats of hair for their entire lives unless there is a serious underlying health issue.”
When reached for comment, Kathleen Futrell, the owner of Waccatee Zoo told The Post: “There’s nothing I can say or do that will change the feeling of (PETA). I’ve been harassed by them for 33 years and I’m about tired of it. No comment is my comment.”