Michael Jackson`s tigress Thriller dies at wildlife preserve

Updated: Jun 28, 2012, 15:29 PM IST

Los Angeles: King of Pop Michael Jackson`s pet tigress has died of lung cancer at the age of 13.

Thriller, a 375 pound Bengal tiger, died at actress-and-activist Tippi Hedren`s wildlife preserve in California earlier this month, reported a website.

"Thriller was a real piece of work, one gutsy girl. She ruled Sabu`s (her brother) life. It was humorous to watch the whole relationship.

"She did things to him that male tigers would normally never allow. She would steal food from him. That`s unheard of. She ruled the roost, was very independent and tough," said Hedren.

Thriller and Sabu lived at Jackson`s Neverland Ranch until he moved out in 2006 and asked Hedren to take the big cats to her Shambala Preserve.

"She was about as tough a tiger as we have known here. She ruled over Sabu. She was the queen. We were fascinated by her dominance," Hedren said.

However, according to the actress, Jackson never sent any money to pay for their care and never made contact to check on them.

An autopsy was performed to pinpoint the cause of death before Thriller was cremated.

"It`s very hard for all of us when these animals go away. Fortunately for Sabu and Thriller, they came in healthy and content. They had no problem with being in quarantine for 30 days. They adjusted so well."