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New Tiger King Documentary 'Surviving Joe Exotic' Set To Be Released Next Week

New Tiger King Documentary 'Surviving Joe Exotic' Set To Be Released Next Week

A new documentary exploring Joe Exotic's animals is set to be released next week.

Animal Planet's Surviving Joe Exotic will explore what happened to many of the animals that managed to find a new home.

It will also feature the last interview the gun-toting, polygamist former zoo-owner did before he was arrested and locked up.

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Exotic - whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage - is now serving a 22-year prison sentence, having been convicted in 2019 of attempting to hire a hitman to kill his rival Carole Baskin, as well as a series of violations of the Endangered Species Act, including killing five tigers.

Credit: Animal Planet
Credit: Animal Planet

Netflix's Tiger King didn't delve much into Joe's business of breeding tigers en masse to sell to people around America because, quite frankly, there was a lot of other things to focus on.

Surviving Joe Exotic will have that issue front and centre.

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A press release for the documentary states: "Viewers will follow the emotional stories of animals that made it out of the zoo for a second chance at life, and hear from ex-employees, including Saff Saffery - who lost an arm to one of Joe's tigers - rescue leaders, exotic animal experts, and others with firsthand knowledge of the animal trafficking and breeding that fueled Joe Exotic's empire.

"Paired with never-before-seen footage of Joe filmed for Animal Planet's Wolves and Warriors in 2018, audiences will witness the stories of animals who were caught in the crossfire of Joe Exotic's big cat breeding business, and the heartwarming stories of those that found new homes after the G.W. Zoo."

Credit: Animal Planet
Credit: Animal Planet

Animal Planet has revealed the documentary will feature the blind tigers Kryxis and Kadira, and how they regained their vision at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana after being rescued from Exotic's zoo.

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It will also explain how lions Chobe and Kariba were traumatised by the pain of inbreeding. Thankfully, they were relocated to the Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary in Oregon after Exotic's arrest.

The documentary will air on Animal Planet on July 25.

But that's not the only Tiger King project in the works. We've still got Nicolas Cage portraying the former zoo owner in a feature length film, SNL's Kate McKinnon will be playing rival Carole Baskin in another miniseries and ID announced a documentary exploring the disappearance of Baskin's ex-husband.

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Stewart Perrie

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