Federal authorities have removed 68 big cats from the private zoo made infamous in Netflix’s “Tiger King.” In the end, it was a jaguar who was the last cat standing when the U.S. Department of Justice moved to seize the animals at Tiger King Park after a court order in response to a complaint against Jeff and Lauren Lowe over their inadequate care for the animals.
Tiger King was one of the first culturally resonant shows as the country began locking down in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone was forced inside (at least initially), and Netflix saw a huge surge, and it felt like EVERYONE was watching Tiger King. The beginning of the Tiger King Park private zoo was featured in one of the episodes, and Jeff was a key figure in the series, even if it was Joe Exotic (now in prison) and Carole Baskin (covering 50 Cent) who became household names from the show.
The popularity of the show was so extreme that lawyers for Mr. Exotic thought he was going to get a presidential pardon for his 22-year prison sentence for violating federal wildlife laws (oh, and that little murder-for-hire plot.) They even had a limo waiting for him outside the prison at one point. But now, Exotic remains behind bars, and his cats are in federal care.
Law enforcement seizes 68 big cats from Tiger King park https://t.co/fJ2LKdWOX1
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 21, 2021
A PETA spokesman was spiking the football after the removal and the court’s decision, saying “There are no tigers left at Tiger King Park and the Lowes reign of terror against threatened and endangered big cats may soon be over.”
The entire underground big cat ecosystem is in shambles after the spotlight from the series, as legislation has been passed to ban the trade of big cats as pets and to halt the exploitation of animals at roadside zoos.
One thing is for sure, this will definitely make season 2 a lot less interesting. But at least we’ll get the Nic Cage series still.