A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix’s “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic’s chief rival.
In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — to Big Cat Rescue Corp.
The Florida group was founded by Carole Baskin, who also featured prominently in the hit Netflix series. Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed.
Baskin previously sued Maldonado-Passage for trademark and copyright infringements and won a $1 million civil judgment against him. Palk’s judgment Monday found that ownership of the zoo was fraudulently transferred to Maldonado-Passage’s mother in an attempt to avoid paying the judgment.
The decision said the zoo animals must be removed from the property within 120 days but it does not detail what should happen to them.AP
This is the worst possible outcome to the Tiger King saga. Carole Baskin the woman that killed her husband (allegedly) and the most evil person in Florida has officially won. Joe Exotic was a lot of things, some would even say he wasn’t a good person but he didn’t deserve to lose that zoo. Who is going to take care of the workers that lived on the property? Where is Jeff Lowe and his babysitter? These are questions we will just have to wait to be answered.
For now, fuck Carole Baskin.