‘Tiger King’: Here’s What Happened After Cameras Stopped Rolling

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The hit Netflix present, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, has been trending since its March launch date. The seven-part docuseries focuses on an “out-there” zookeeper and the world of unique cats. It’s a weird story of affection, loss, betrayal, and — in fact — tigers. Those who’ve watched all seven episodes might surprise, what occurred after Tiger King? The story is much from over. Here’s an replace on just a few of the present’s most talked-about gamers.

‘Joe Exotic’ is in jail

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The finish of Tiger King got here with extra questions than solutions. Such is the case as for what turned of the principle “characters” of the collection. The closing episode reveals that Oklahoma zookeeper, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) acquired a 22-year jail sentence. His conviction stems from an alleged murder-for-hire plot in opposition to Big Cat Rescue proprietor, Carole Baskin.

Maldonado-Passage — who’s on his fourth marriage to Dillon Passage — not too long ago mentioned he’s ashamed of his conduct. However, it didn’t cease him from looking for a $94 million lawsuit for “civil damages” and a presidential pardon from the president.

“Joe Exotic” has acquired on-line assist. Celebrities like Cardi B. provided to start out a GoFundMe web page on his behalf. We’ll hold you posted on the outcomes of his case, through which he’d determined to characterize himself.

Carole and Howard Baskin refute all claims about Carole’s lacking husband

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While memes run rampant over Carole Baskin’s alleged involvement with the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis, Carole and her third husband, Howard, aren’t too eager on their docuseries portrayal.

Carole refuted claims in opposition to her innocence on her web site weblog.

“When the administrators of the Netflix documentary Tiger King got here to us 5 years in the past they mentioned they wished to make the large cat model of Blackfish, that will expose the distress brought on by the rampant breeding of massive cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the terrible life the cats lead in roadside zoos and again yards in the event that they survive,” she wrote.

“There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series not only does not do any of that but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.”

She added: “As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997.”

Howard additionally took to social media to post his ideas about Tiger King and his spouse’s character.

“In 15 years of living together, we have never had an argument,” he mentioned. “We have never even had a harsh word where the other had to come back later and say, ‘I’m sorry I said that.’”

The two proceed working Big Cat Rescue, the place, absolutely attendance will surge as soon as obligatory stay-at-home legal guidelines are lifted.

John Finley is a fortunately married father

Despite being Maldonado-Passage’s second husband — together with the late Travis Maldonado in a three-way ceremony — Finley later defined he’s straight. By the top of the collection, viewers be taught Finlay left Maldonado-Passage. He then developed a relationship with a zoo worker with whom he had a baby and married.

Finlay has a brand new set of enamel, a job as a welder, and he began a Facebook web page titled, “The Truth About John Finley” to clear up any lingering rumors.

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle nonetheless operates his facility

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Tiger King, the brand new drama collection that debuted on Netflix final week, is just not a documentary, it’s quasi fictional drama, extra targeted on shock worth and titillation than truth. While specializing in the true life rivalry between Joe “Exotic” and Carole Baskin, the insinuation that TIGERS/ Myrtle Beach Safari is a cult that exploits, euthanizes and incinerates tiger cubs, is a reprehensible falsehood. TIGERS/MBS has by no means euthanized any tiger cubs or grownup tigers — nor another animal. The insinuation is as foul as it’s with out basis. One of our hottest ambassador packages is our tiger cub interplay.  It is vital to know that every one of our cubs are born right here on the protect and are a part of our breeding program (Species Survival Trust or SST) that’s performed in partnership with Brian W. Davis, Ph.D, Professor of Genomics within the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences within the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the founding father of the Exotic Genome Repository.  This is a vital distinction that separates our packages from others. Our cubs usually are not bred solely for the aim of being part of our interactive packages. They are bred as a part of our captive tiger breeding program, which is designed to create a genetic backup for wild tiger populations. And opposite to assertions made within the Tiger King, our tiger cubs don’t ever find yourself in sanctuaries, nor do they ever get euthanized. They stay our infants for his or her complete lives— both right here on website at TIGERS, or they’re transferred to an accredited zoological facility that could be a associate in our breeding program (SST). We have in depth relationships with dozens of grownup Tigers and have greater than 30 out on our day and evening safaris. Look at my son @KodyAntle on TikToc and IG. He has superb relationships with so many grownup tigers.

A post shared by Dr. Bhagavan Antle (@docantle) on Mar 31, 2020 at 6:29pm PDT

Like Maldonado-Passage, Doc Antle’s character has been scrutinized to dying over alleged animal abuse revealed within the collection. Antle runs The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.), which some have referred to as “cult-like” because of the manner his facility is run and the variety of girls at Antle’s aspect.

Antle is just not proud of the best way the present portrayed him, or the sanctuary. He not too long ago posted to his Instagram web page to make clear that Tiger King is, a “quasi fictional drama, more focused on shock value and titillation than fact.”

Despite a 2019 raid and different allegations inside the docuseries, Antle additionally clarified in an interview with Oxygen, that he’s not married to any of the ladies who work for him, and has not been married for the reason that dying of his spouse over 20 years in the past.

He nonetheless lives at his Myrtle Beach residence and the power stays open with their web site stating they’re, “not planning to cancel any tours” right now.

Rick Kirkham moved to a different nation

Former Inside Edition journalist, Rick Kirkham, might have thought “Joe Exotic” could be his closing success story. Instead, he turned “Joe Exotic’s prime suspect within the zoo’s mysterious arson hearth that killed the power’s reptiles.

Kirkham then misplaced every little thing — together with his canine — in a Texas housefire after filming completed. Coincidence?

These days, Kirkham lives in Norway together with his spouse and stays out of the highlight and away from zoos.

Jeff and Lauren Lowe run the Greater Wynnewood Zoo

Jeff Lowe concedes that Maldonado-Passage gave him the precise to pay the payments and dissolve the company. He and Lauren took over.

“They touched on about 10% of the story and, you know, the portrayal of us stealing the zoo from Joe was very unfair because we came here to help him, we got it back on its feet,” Jeff mentioned.

“We left to move away because we didn’t want to be in a zoo in Oklahoma, so the notion that we tried to steal the zoo from him is just ridiculous.”

With the collection over, many surprise what turned of the G.W. Zoo after Jeff and Lauren Lowe took over. They’re mentioned to be planning to re-brand and re-open in summer time 2020, regardless of cash points.

“The attention that thing has brought will fill the bank account back up for a while, but it’s always depleted in the downtime. When people don’t come to the zoo in the winter and we’re spending $5,000 or $6,000 a week on food and $2,500 on veterinary care, we struggle,” Jeff mentioned on Lights Out with David Spade.

However, the couple made it clear that the previous proprietor, Maldonado-Passage, received’t be a part of the brand new creation.

“His name will not be mentioned,” Lauren instructed KOCO News. “He will have nothing to do with the new facility. Going to let this place in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, die with him.”

As for what turned of the zoo’s exploited tigers (whose cubs had been taken at start for alleged pay-to-play schemes), Retro 102.5 mentioned The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado intervened, together with PETA, to rescue 39 tigers and three bears.

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