Surviving Joe Exotic: New Tiger King Documentary to Be Released Next Week
Animal Planet has released a trailer for its upcoming Tiger King documentary, which was filmed just four months before Joe Exotic’s arrest.The new trailer offers fans a sneak peek at the one-off special that is set to follow the stories of the animals that were rescued from the G.W. Zoo and given a second chance at life after Exotic was sentenced to 22-years in federal prison for two counts of murder-for-hire in an attempt to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin, as well as numerous other wildlife violations, per The Washington Post.”Four months before he was arrested on murder-for-hire charges, Animal Planet cameras were given special access to Joe Exotic’s tiger empire,” the teaser reveals before showing an interview with Exotic (real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage), which was originally filmed for Animal Planet’s Wolves and Warriors program in 2018.Paired with never-before-seen footage, the documentary shares insight into Exotic’s day-to-day running of the animal park, while the crew conducts interviews with some of its former employees, including Gaylynn Eastwood and Saff Saffery, who lost an arm to one of the tigers, and others with firsthand knowledge of the animal trafficking and breeding, such as rescue leaders and exotic animal experts.Best True Crime Shows and Movies to Watch OnlineNetflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness documented the vicious rivalry between big cat enthusiasts Exotic and Baskin, with the former making it his personal crusade to destroy Baskin, which ultimately resulted in his conviction in a plot to try to murder her. Exotic repeatedly resurfaced rumours that Baskin murdered her husband Don Lewis, whose disappearance has never been solved.Surviving Joe Exotic airs on July 25 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Animal Planet. In the meantime, find out what happened to Tiger King’s cast of characters after the docuseries ended and discover all of the revelations made by the motley crew of Joe Exotic’s big cat park in the aftershow.
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