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Joe Exotic Allegedly Shot A Horse And Fed It To His Tigers, According To His Former Producer

By Clark Sparky

Rick Kirkham, the man who produced Joe Exotic's reality TV show, is sharing a new wild story about the "Tiger King" star. In an interview with TMZ, Kirkham recalled the time Exotic shot a horse and then fed it to his tigers.

"The lady was crying," Kirkham told TMZ. "She had a horse in the trailer that was so old, she couldn’t take care of it. She said ‘Joe, can you take care of this horse for me?’ He said, ‘Oh, of course we will. I’ll give him a nice pasture to run in."

"By the time she got to the exit of the zoo, Joe told me, ‘Watch me Rick.’ He walked right up to that horse trailer, pulled out his revolver and shot the horse in the head," Kirkham said that Joe then "cut it up and fed it to the tigers."

"That was Joe Exotic on a daily basis," he said


Kirkham went on to say that the Netflix documentary is extremely accurate.

“Let me tell you… this documentary is so accurate it’s frightening. I’ve actually had nightmares the last several nights since it’s been airing. If anything, the documentary doesn’t go far enough to show how crazy Joe was,” Kirkham said.

Not everyone loves the documentary series. Doc Antle, who owns Myrtle Beach Safari, wrote in an Instagram post that he is not happy with how he's depicted.

"We are very disappointed that our facility was mentioned in the new Netflix series. We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz," he wrote in an Instagram post.

He added: "It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants. Tiger King is the bizarre story of Joe and Carole and their feud.

"These characters are not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Safari has been recognized by the state of South Carolina as one of the pre-eminent wildlife facilities in the United States. We’ve also received international accolades for the critical role we provide with our qualified, captive breeding programs and our global conservation efforts of threatened and endangered species."

Antle also lays out the guidelines his facility follows to make sure they are doing everything above-board:

"Myrtle Beach Safari adheres to all USDA guidelines, and our animals are treated with the utmost care. We have never had a USDA violation and work collaboratively with various state and federal wildlife agencies to ensure our animals receive the very best life each and every day. "

"All cubs are cared for cradle to grave the wild accusation that we would ever euthanize a cub is manufactured sensationalism. It’s a complete fabrication that A tiger looses [sic] its value at a certain age they all have a place. It’s Also illegal, immoral,and unjust."

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