Annnnd Now Joe Exotic's Former Zoo Is Under an Animal Welfare Investigation

Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Seventeen

Here's to hoping Netflix is making a second season of Tiger King because the drama is showing zero signs of slowing down over at Joe Exotic's former zoo. According to People, an animal welfare investigation has been launched by Oklahoma state authorities thanks to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park being the subject of "numerous calls" to the Garvin County Sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office has teamed up with the USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife to investigate the health and safety of the animals in the park—which is currently "between owners." According to a statement from the Sheriff's department the injured animals are currently "receiving veterinarian care in isolation and are being monitored by USDA."

Meanwhile, PETA's Brittany Peet released a statement on the condition of the animals in the park, saying "The USDA's inaction allowed 'Joe Exotic' to abuse and neglect animals for years, and so far, it's also failed to help the big cats held by Jeff Lowe. In the wake of Tiger King, the public eye is on the USDA to do its job and shut Lowe and his despicable roadside zoo down pronto."

In case you've missed the recent drama, Tiger King’s very own Carole Baskin won control of the zoo from Jeff Lowe as part of a trademark judgment against Joe Exotic. As of early June, Jeff had 120 days to vacate the property with his animals.

Jeff told Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima that he plans to give the zoo to Carole in a state of “complete hell" and added that "she can have these 16 acres of haunted memories.” He also told TMZ "The possibility of human remains being buried on this land should make her feel right at home.”


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