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'Tiger King' Star Doc Antle Shared His Plan For Making Sure His Big Cats Don't Contract Coronavirus

By Clark Sparky

Doc Antle, who is one of the subject's in Netflix's wildly popular documentary series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," is taking every precaution to make sure his big cats at the Myrtle Beach Safari don't contract the coronavirus.


Just days after it was revealed that a four-year-old at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, Antle talked to TMZ about what he's doing to keep his animals safe. detailed his plan:

As concerns over the coronavirus began to increase across the United States, Antle said that he put his zoo on lockdown as soon as officials released social distancing guidelines. He and his staff have been under quarantine since and there has been no visitors or physical contact with those outside of the zoo. Although the tigers and other big cats that call Myrtle Beach Safari home don't follow the guidelines to wash their paws frequently, they are being given frequent baths to ensure their health and safety. To further limit exposure, specific caretakers have been assigned to specific cats.

Antle went on to say that if one of his cats does contract the virus, it will be subject to a two-week isolation just like a human would be.


Doc has been an outspoken critic of the Netflix series' portrayal of himself and his zoo. He's commented on it several times.

"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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