‘Tiger King’: Here’s Everything We Know About G.W. Zoo Employee and Fan Favorite, Kelci ‘Saff’ Saffery

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness provides a various forged of “characters.” One of which, Kelci “Saff” Saffery has been with the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma (renamed The Oklahoma Zoo) for years. Forget about Tiger King, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), and Carole Baskin. Here’s every thing we find out about some of the beloved workers, Saff.

Who is Saff from ‘Tiger King’?

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Though Tiger King usually labeled “Saff” as Kelci, journalist Robert Moore tweeted clarification saying Saff is trans and makes use of the pronouns he/him. That stated, Saff is a Hawaii-bred former Army veteran who deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Both of his mother and father died whereas he was enlisted, in response to Men’s Health. However, his love for large cats adopted him into maturity. Enter Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s (aka Joe Exotic) zoo, and Saff was set.

Since filming for Tiger King wrapped, Saff’s newly-found fame doesn’t appear to have an effect on him. He nonetheless works on the zoo and has been promoted to park supervisor, per a now-defunct Linkedin profile web page. There isn’t a lot else to seek out on the low-key tiger-lover.

That stated, followers love Saff for his realness on digital camera and tireless dedication to the animals. His historical past with the zoo runs deep. As proven in Tiger King, he suffered the lack of a limb whereas engaged on an animal enclosure in 2013.

‘Tiger King’ documented Saff shedding an arm to a tiger

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When he was simply 27 years previous, Saff reached his arm into the tiger enclosure on the zoo whereas working a shift. It was at that second a tiger went for his arm. Though the large cat launched Saff’s arm, it’d already brought about extreme injury. Doctors stated it’d take a number of advanced surgical procedures, plus two years of reconstructive surgical procedures to heal.

Saff determined to have the arm amputated as an alternative. Saff then did one thing not many others would — he returned to work 5 days after the incident so the media would lay off of the zoo and Maldonado-Passage.

According to The Daily Mail, Saff stated, “I broke protocol and stuck my hand in a cat cage instead of using the stick provided. The cat let go and pushed my arm back through the cage. This tiger was not aggressive toward me. I hope for a healthy recovery so I can return to work every day with my tigers.”

Maldonado-Passage didn’t put the tiger down, claiming it wasn’t the tiger’s fault. Saff took accountability, in settlement together with her employer and apologized for inflicting each him and the zoo and bother.

“You got to take what you got and run with it, other than that you’re just living a life that isn’t even worth it,” he stated. “It was him being him,” she says, “He didn’t change anything that day, I did.’”

With all of this out within the open, it’s unclear if the Army veteran will get a prosthetic arm. As instructed by a number of retailers, his insurance coverage didn’t beforehand cowl it and hospital payments had already amounted to $1,300. We hope Tiger King’s large success aids in him lastly getting that prosthetic.

What does Saff take into consideration the feud between Maldonado-Passage and Carole Baskin?

The last episode of Tiger King revealed Saff’s emotions on the longtime rivalry betweenMaldonado-Passage and Baskin. He believes the cash used for courtroom and legal professional charges to battle one another might’ve been used to assist handle the zoo animals as an alternative. This is why followers deem him the actual MVP of the collection.

“Just watched #TigerKing and I kind of disliked everyone?? Aside Saff she was an absolute bad b,” this fan tweeted. “Saff really do be the only #TigerKing character I genuinely like lmaooo,” another echoed. And lastly, the one many agree with, “Can all of us agree that Saff is the actual Tiger king?

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