After Tiger King aired, they were among the first people I called. Antle's father was a … But it is also the reason why he’s become the subject of some macabre rumors. All rights reserved. Tiger King introduced viewers to three women who various people in the docu-series claimed were Doc Antle's wives. Most of the apprentices now live in actual trailers separate from the training room, but back then it was hard. There were many questions left unanswered by Netflix's hit Tiger King, and now one participant in the docuseries is helping fill in the gaps. Antle’s tiger was also featured in the “Tiger in Your Tank” Exxon ads of the 1990s, according to the Charlotte Observer. Not only did she claim that women were encouraged to have sex with Antlein order to earn a higher position but also that he controlled every aspect of their lives. She claimed that Antle encouraged his employees, who he called apprentices, to have sex with him so that “they would be bonded to him in this way, where he felt like he could get them to do anything.”. Along with Exotic's husbands and his nemesis, Carole Baskin, the docu-series also introduced the world to Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, a fellow animal park owner who also happened to have a handful of spouses who were living and working in a rather unusual situation. Antle traveled to China instead of going on to college, and garnered his “Doc” nickname after studying basic medicine there. ??? It was here that Antle realized the big money in big cats. over 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals, accused him of both sexual and psychological manipulation, the 40 tiger cubs found dead a popular Thai tourist destination. ), a wildlife preserve for exotic animals located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But even among this cast of characters, Bhagavan “Doc” Antle stood out. I called him up on a whim, and he hired me on the spot. This is something that the animal park owner — and man who may have multiple "wives" — denies. how he bonded with the hundreds of animals on his family’s ranch. "During one of his visits in 2007, I wound up getting pregnant," she wrote. he asked. - March 30, 2020 09:41 pm EDT. Entertainment Tonight/TV Guide Network. But Antle has remained as adamant as ever that he is an innocent man, saying, “I categorically deny any act or conduct that could ever be considered as ‘animal cruelty’… I look forward to being able to answer these charges and to be able to clear my good name.”. I hope the takeaway from Tiger King is that this is an unregulated world where people can get away with anything they want to. TwitterDoc Antle (right), his son Kody (left), and two T.I.G.E.R.S. ).Furthermore, he is also known as Kevin Antle.. This has yet to be proven, however. Doc Antle children Antle acquired his first tiger in 1982 and it reportedly took six months for the big cat to let him pet it. Employees need to be able to do push-ups, pull-ups, and run a 12-minute mile. By the early 2000s, that property grossed around $1.3 million per year. The USDA conducted 23 investigations into the park between April 2013 and June 2016, which is over three times as many as similar facilities receive in the same timeframe. They were the only people I spent any unguarded time with, so we were competitive. The two eventually formed a friendship so trusting that Antle, his dogs, and the tiger routinely spent their time together. Now maybe we can do something about the treatment of the animals.". Even Joe Exotic himself claimed that Antle was breeding big cats to keep the cub-petting business going and euthanized the tigers in a gas chamber when they got too big. Perhaps most famously, his tigers were used as part of Britney Spears’ Video Music Awards performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U.”, In a Rolling Stone video, Antle also discussed his animal’s performances in other music videos, such as Nas’ “Hate Me Now,” Janet Jackson’s “Together Again” and Ashanti’s “Rock Wit U.”, READ NEXT: Kelci Saffery: 911 Call & Updates from ‘Tiger King’ Attack, Doc Antle: Where the Tiger King Character Is Now, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. Several trainers and I bunked together, and the dynamic was bizarre. More #siblingday pics, some old, some new(ish), because why not. She also shared what she thinks of the docuseries now that it's all said and done. These charges followed a long-brewing investigation during which authorities uncovered a raft of abusive practices at a Virginia wildlife park owned by a business partner of Antle’s named Keith Wilson. Antle adds that the women comprising his harem are actually just the girlfriends of his son and grandchildren. We broke up after I moved back to Bhagavan's facility. I though to myself: "Well, we'll just see how this goes.". His sister, Tawny Sky Antle, calls herself an Animal Mama, Tawny the Tiger and Queen of the Jungle on her Instagram page. And in October 2020, after years of rumors, he was finally hit with a tide of charges related to animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking. Reconnecting with Asa, the boy from high school, changed everything. The article also mentioned movies featuring either Antle’s animals or his expertise as an animal handler, such as Dr. Doolittle, Jungle Book, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Wild America. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, The 'Tiger King' Cast on Their Dream Movie Cast, Joe Exotic's Ex Looks Different On 'Tiger King', 11 Revelations from the New 'Tiger King' Episode, A New Episode of ‘Tiger King’ Is Airing April 12, The Carole Baskin Backlash Deserves a Second Look, Netflix Is Releasing a New 'Tiger King' Episode, Doc Antle Was in Britney Spears' 2001 VMAs Show. I went to therapy and found comfort in talking to other women who left. When I did leave, I was on excellent terms with Bhagavan. He was posing with Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, one of the figures mentioned during Tiger King, and was enjoying learning about these animals.