Worker at Carole Baskin’s famous Big Cat Rescue attacked by animal
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A worker at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue centre has been attacked by an animal.
Hillsborough County fire officials were dispatched to the scene in Florida, the US, around 8am local time.
The extent of the victim’s injuries and the type of the animal are not yet known.
However, they are expected to survive.
The rescue centre is currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and may never reopen to the public.
A message on its website reads: “I have no delusions that we would ever be able to open to the public again.
“Even if COVID-19 is under control by the end of next year (and I think it will be at least that long) I don’t know if I would ever take the risk of allowing one deranged person who saw Tiger King and is from the #FreeJoeExotic clan to gain access.”
Carole Baskin rose to fame along with Joe Exotic after the release of Netflix documentary Tiger King.
Exotic, 57, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his part in a plot to kill Carole.
He ran one of the largest tiger breeding zoos in the world – and was also convicted of killing five of the animals to make room for other cats.
He and Carole, who owned an animal sanctuary in Florida, shared a long and bitter rivalry.
In 2011, Exotic was ordered to pay Big Cat Rescue $1m for using a logo that resembled Carole’s.
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Back in June, a federal judge gave her control of his former zoo in Oklahoma.
However, Exotic's legal team are optimistic that Donald Trump will grant him a presidential pardon.
The outgoing US leader said earlier this year that he would “look into it”.
Joe’s attorney Eric Love told ABC News: We are waiting on the pen to hit the paper, we think we are very, very close.”
A government source added: “We’ve heard from the Tiger King. You wouldn’t believe the amount of calls, some insane, we’ve gotten.”
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Back in September, Exotic sent a letter to the president and begged him to “be my hero”.
Shared by CBS News, part of it read: “If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you.
“Not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what you believe no matter what anyone thinks.”
It ended with the plea: “Allow me to make you proud, to make America proud, to make the world proud. Be my hero please.”
- Tiger King
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