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Mike Tyson Once Offered A Zookeeper $10,000 To Fight A Gorilla

Mike Tyson Once Offered A Zookeeper $10,000 To Fight A Gorilla

Mike Tyson has revealed that he once offered $10,000 (£7,818) to a zookeeper to fight against one of their silverback gorillas.

Seriously, is there anything that you could hear about Iron Mike that would surprise you?

Tyson, who was described as 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' and became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, offered out the giant ape whilst visiting an animal park with his then-wife, Robin Givens.

'Baddest Man on the Planet' or not, the smart money would still probably have been on the gorilla.

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They're absolute units, after all.

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The 53-year-old former boxer said that during the late-80s he rented out an entire New York zoo so that he and his wife could take a romantic stroll around, but he quickly developed other ideas when they arrived at the primate section.

Despite offering a large sum of money, the zookeeper kept to his principles and refused the offer.

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It's in the best interests of Tyson, the gorilla, and common decency that he did.

After spotting the dominant male gorilla bullying about some of the others in his enclosure, Tyson got his back up and said that he'd love to go into the cage and punch the monkey right in the kisser.

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In a resurfaced interview with The Sun, Tyson admitted: "I paid a worker at New York's zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin.

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"When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.

"They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant.

"I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let me smash that silverback's snotbox! He declined."

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Despite wanting to batter this particular animal, Tyson has shown over the years that he's actually quite the animal lover.

However, after the recent Tiger King furore about captive animals, Iron Mike has admitted that he regrets keeping tigers in captivity in times gone by.

In an Instagram Live interview with Fat Joe, Tyson said: "I was foolish,

"There's no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that's going to happen.

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"They'll kill you by accident, especially when you're playing rough with them, you're punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you're dead.

"I'm just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn't have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong."

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Topics: Celebrity, US News, US Entertainment, Weird, Animals

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]