LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - The four-legged stars at this year's Warren County fair are causing some backlash by community members.
Nine Bengal tigers from "Nerger's Splendid Tigers" are performing at the fair all week.
"Nerger's Splendid Tigers" is a circus act that's billed as the largest traveling tiger show in the United States.
The act was criticized by a Lebanon online community page, calling it a shadowy group with a history of severe abuse.
But, Judit and Juergen Nerger consider the tigers their babies.
"Tigers today you just see in the zoos, sanctuaries, performing cats, they are sixth generation in captivity," said Nerger.
Judit Nerger says they did not just pluck the tigers from the jungle, but they are born into it.
The Nergers have been criticized for the size of their cages.
"It's not terrible, said Nerger. "You know what I think is terrible? We only have 3,900 tigers left in Mother Nature and many tigers are getting killed."
Nerger says despite the claims, the supporters still like to see it and are amazed by it.
"If they take care of them and give them water, then they're just like we are perfectly fine," said Carissa Freeman.
The tigers are headed to Maine after Saturday's final performances.