Eight Ridiculous Facts That Didn’t Make It Into Netflix's Tiger King Documentary

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Thanks to the world on lockdown and a captive audience (literally), Netflix docuseriesTiger King has taken social media by storm. The documentary started as an exposé on how exotic animals are being treated (or mistreated) by private owners across the United States, but it evolved into something different thanks to the colorful characters and their copious real and alleged crimes.

The focus quickly falls on Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, his private zoo Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, and Carole Baskin, chief executive officer of Big Cat Rescue, who Exotic is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence for attempting to hire a hitman to kill  (just one of the many crimes he was indicted for).

Despite the over-the-top and absolutely WTAF moments in the documentary, not all of the story's most ridiculous moments managed to make it into the seven-part series. Here are some other unusual facts related to Tiger King:

The original owner of the G.W. Zoo’s alligators

Joe Exotic’s reptile enclosure mysteriously burned down in the middle of the night as reported in the documentary. What the documentary doesn’t mention is the original owner of those crocodiles and alligators. Michael Jackson used to own them, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times.

The police officer investigating the fire at the zoo used to work as a limo driver

Robert Moor, who made a podcast on Joe Exotic, said the police officer that looked into the case of the fire at the zoo used to be Exotic’s limo driver.

Joe Exotic himself used to work in the police force

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, used to be chief of the Texas police department in the town of Eastvale. After he was outed as gay to his parents by one of his siblings, he attempted suicide by crashing his police cruiser into a bridge.

Joe Exotic is currently under isolation in prison due to COVID-19 cases

Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence for animal abuse and his involvement in the plot of killing Carole Baskin. A few inmates in his prison have tested positive for the new coronavirus, which has led him to be placed in individual quarantine.

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