There’s been no shortage of wild Joe Exotic stories since the premiere of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” but here’s another one from a man who worked up close and personal with the infamously strange and abusive zookeeper.
Rick Kirkham lived at Exotic’s zoo for a year, producing a reality web series for the eventual convicted felon and giving him the moniker “Tiger King.” He told TMZ that the new Netflix series is “so accurate it’s frightening.” But he has another horrible Joe Exotic tale to tell.
According to Kirkham, one day when he was at the zoo “a poor old woman” arrived with a horse trailer. He says that the woman was crying, asking Exotic to care for the horse because it was too old for her to do so properly. Exotic agreed, but almost immediately after the woman left, he shot the horse in the head, cut it up, and fed it to the tigers.
As Kirkham tells it, Joe Exotic — real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — was so uniquely wild that Netflix’s seven-part docuseries could have been even longer.