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Doc Antle Speaks Up About Tiger King Documentary

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Since the release of Tiger King, all the people featured in the documentary series has shared their point of view. Similarly, Doc Antle has also spoken up and called the show, a crazy train wreck.

Although he was featured as a side character in Tiger King, Doc Antle is the king of his animal empire

Mahamayavi Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is the founder and director of The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.). It is a wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Although Tiger King focused on the life of Joe Exotic, Doc Antle is an equally interesting character and should have a show of his own. Not only is his animal collection one of a kind, but his relationship with his female employees is also questionable. His animals are also used in many films and TV shows as well as music videos.


In 2001, Doc Antle appeared on stage with Britney Spears. During her performance at MTV Music Video Awards, he was seen with a caged tiger. He has also worked as an animal expert on films like Dr. Dolittle and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. While Netflix show, Tiger King, has gained unexpected popularity, it seems that they did not pay much attention to Doc Antle.

Recently, he spoke up against the Netflix show and called it a work of fiction

In a video, he talked about the show and termed it a crazy train wreck. He said:

Remember, it is not a documentary. This is a salacious, outrageous ride through a television show produced to create drama. To tie you in a crazy train wreck of a story between the feud of Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic and the meltdown that ensued between two people who both are far too close to murder each other. I think a little bit of madness thrown in on their part.


Furthermore, Doc Antle said:

I repeatedly told them that I have no desire to be involved in some show about a feud between two people, it’s not my thing, leave me out of it.

Previously, he posted a video of himself with a lengthy caption suggesting that the show is not real and most of things are made up.

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Tiger King, the new drama series that debuted on Netflix last week, is not a documentary, it is quasi fictional drama, more focused on shock value and titillation than fact. While focusing on the real 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 never euthanized any tiger cubs or adult tigers — nor any other animal. The insinuation is as foul as it is without foundation. One of our most popular ambassador programs is our tiger cub interaction.  It is important to understand that all of our cubs are born here at the preserve and are part of our breeding program (Species Survival Trust or SST) that is conducted in partnership with Brian W. Davis, Ph.D, Professor of Genomics in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the founder of the Exotic Genome Repository.  This is an important distinction that separates our programs from others. Our cubs are not bred solely for the purpose of being a part of our interactive programs. They are bred as part of our captive tiger breeding program, which is designed to create a genetic backup for wild tiger populations. And contrary to assertions made in the Tiger King, our tiger cubs do not ever end up in sanctuaries, nor do they ever get euthanized. They remain our babies for their entire lives— either here on site at TIGERS, or they are transferred to an accredited zoological facility that is a partner in our breeding program (SST). We have in depth relationships with dozens of adult Tigers and have more than 30 out on our day and night safaris. Look at my son @KodyAntle on TikToc and IG. He has amazing relationships with so many adult tigers.

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Although he was a side character on Tiger King, he definitely needs his own show. That would be a super-hit.

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