Carole Baskin was eliminated from the show ‘Dancing With The Stars’, last Monday when she went from Tiger King to The Lion King.
The Big Cat Rescue Activist did a Simba-inspired samba dance from Disney’s animated film The Lion King from 1994 with partner, Pasha Pashkov but was unable to save herself from elimination.
Pasha and Carole were dressed in excellent costumes as lions. The hair and makeup to create the perfect lion look were on point. But what got Carole eliminated was a weak performance and stiff dancing. With just 12 points out of 30, they landed on the bottom of the leaderboard.
In this week’s challenge, the stars had to dance to Disney Classics and Carole being the Cat enthusiast that she is, decided to dance the Samba to “Circle of Life”. Eventually, Judges Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough decided to eliminate Carole and her partner, Pasha. Saving Anne Heche and her Partner.
In a clip appealing for votes shared before her elimination, Carole appeared to admit that she was in trouble. She said:
“Dancing is extremely hard for me, and I need all your votes I could possibly get.”
But she was still sent home.
After her elimination Carole said:
“My husband will be so happy that I’m coming home”
Carole Baskin has been happily married to Howard Baskin since 2004.
Carole Baskin; the Big Cat Rescue Activist
Other than dancing, Carole runs Big Cat Rescue in Tampa in Florida. She is the CEO whereas, her husband, Howard, is a secretary/treasurer. Here she helps rescue tropical cats, mostly tigers, from captivity so they can live their lives freely. Her battle with adversary Joe Exotic was highlighted in the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King.
Carole got emotional in a video showing her preparing for her performance with Pasha.
Moreover, Carole Baskin applauded Disney films for showing animals living freely and highlighted that any cat born in a cage can not be released in the wild because they were brought up around people and not nature. She said:
“On the sanctuary, we don’t breed big cats because we know they don’t belong in cages. Were gonna make their lives better than they have ever been before. Yet at the same time, I know I cannot give them the one thing they really, really want. And that is their freedom.”
A dancer, the 59-year-old Carole is not. However, her purpose on the show was to use her time to highlight the cause so close to her heart. The Big Cat Public Safety Act. This bans public hangings of cubs. The idea was introduced over a year ago after the release of “Tiger King” on the House floor but still has not been voted on.