'Tiger King' will dive deeper into big cat drama in season 2

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There’s good news for all you cool cats and kittens!

Tiger King,” the show that captivated audiences around the country during the peak of COVID-19, officially has a season two premiere date.

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Netflix shared a sneak peek of the second season on its official YouTube and revealed that it would premiere on Wednesday, November 17.

While watching the video, fans will be able to go back to the drama and chaos around the Greater Wynewood Exotic Animal Park and its former owner Joe Maldonado-Passage, otherwise known as Joe Exotic. The 58-year-old was the former owner of the park in Oklahoma and is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his role in the murder-for-hire plot against enemy Carole Baskin, among other charges associated with animal cruelty.

The show will follow the dramatic incident that involved the story of Baskin’s missing ex-husband, Donald Lewis. Exotic also talks about the occurrence and says that he believes that the evidence is “gone.”

Jeff Lowe, the second and final owner of the Greater Wynewood Exotic Animal Park, and Doc Antle, the founder, and director of The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), will also return.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating both Lowe and Antle for their big cat practices.

In May, almost 70 big cats were seized from Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, by federal law enforcement officers. The park is operated by Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe.

The Lowes faced problems with law enforcement after failing to follow orders in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. Federal officials also alleged that Lauren Lowe threatened to kill a veterinary medical officer who was attempting to execute a warrant on the property.

46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, seven lions, and one jaguar were removed from the park after three inspections from federal officials since December of 2020. The Lowes received citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for a failure to “provide the animals with adequate or timely veterinary care.”

The Lowes had received a court order to create a veterinary care program in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act as well as to hire a qualified veterinarian, but prosecutors said that they were found in contempt of the order.

They also received citations for failure to provide the animals “appropriate nutrition and shelter that protects them from inclement weather and is of sufficient size to allow them to engage in normal behavior.”

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