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Michael Jackson’s Pet Wild Animal Dies


Thriller, a 13-year-old, 375-pound tiger that Michael Jackson once kept on his kooky Neverland estate, has passed of lung cancer.

When Jacko left Neverland, he gave Thriller–and her brother Sabu–to actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) to take care of on her wildlife preserve in California.

He never called after that to check on Thriller’s progress.

He never sent money for her care either.

And when Tippi sent Jackson’s kids a big gift package that included photos of Thriller and her brother Sabu, there was no response whatsoever.

“Odd,” says Hedren.

Jackson odd? Oh, come on! Stop with the understatement!

“Thriller was a real piece of work,” remembers Hedren, “a real gutsy girl.”

So was Michael Jackson.

And by the way, the rumor isn’t true at all that Jermaine is preparing a hologram of Thriller to go on tour with the remaining Jacksons.