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Volunteers pour in to evacuate exotic animals as Station fire rages

August 31, 2009 |  9:28 pm

Callout Workers at the Wildlife Waystation in Little Tujunga Canyon said they were making good progress tonight evacuating hundreds of exotic animals at the shelter as flames from the Station fire raged nearby.

After calls for help were broadcast on Twitter and in media reports, a stream of vehicles arrived, including an 18-wheel Budweiser Truck, said Waystation spokesman Jerry Brown.

"We had a traffic jam," he said.

The 160-acre facility, which has operated in the canyon since 1976, houses more than 400 animals including grizzly bears, tigers and lions.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Waystation owner Martine Colette receives a hug. Credit: Associated Press

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