Uk news Joe Exotic's former zoo now with bones, graffiti and Carole Baskin's discovery PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Louis Theroux returned for his new BBC documentary 'Shooting Joe Exotic' to see what happened to the former controversial zoo.

Uk news Joe Exotic's former zoo now with bones, graffiti and Carole Baskin's discovery PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Louis Theroux returned for his new BBC documentary 'Shooting Joe Exotic' to see what happened to the former controversial zoo.

Uk news  Joe Exotic's former zoo now with bones, graffiti and Carole Baskin's discovery PremierLeague-News.Com
07 April 2021 - 17:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Joe Exotic hit headlines last year as the Netflix documentary Tiger King aired. But now, Joe's former zoo lies abandoned as he remains in prison for two counts of murder for hire amid a failed, and alleged, assassination plot against animal rights activist, Carole Baskin. A decade on since his first visit to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, Louis Theroux returned for his new BBC documentary 'Shooting Joe Exotic' to see what happened to the former controversial zoo. In the footage, Louis can be seen walking along rows of empty cages that once housed the wild animals in worrying conditions which viewers witnessed in the Netflix documentary. Now permanently closed to the public and without any animals, the GW zoo has passed into the hands of Joe's nemesis, Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin and her husband Howard. Read More Related Articles Get Scottish news that matters to you sent to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Tiger King's Carole Baskin comes out as bisexual and says she was 'born into the wrong body' Carole tells Louis that he would be a better tour guide than she is and the documentary-maker points to a cage he had previously been inside along with a bear and tiger cub. But the most shocking discoveries come in the wreck of Joe's old house, which leave Louis and Carole squirming in disgust after viewing a rude photo. Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is behind bars for two counts of attempted murder for hire for a plot to kill Carole and federal charges of animal abuse. Businessman Jeff Lowe, who purchased the park in 2016, was ordered to vacate the park within 120 days in May last year and remove all animals from the property. A federal judge gave ownership to Baskin after ruling Exotic had fraudulently transferred ownership to his mother to avoid paying debts which had been incurred as a result of Baskin's lawsuit. Sign up to our Record Showbiz newsletter If, like us, you love a good dose of celebrity gossip then we've got you covered. From Lorraine Kelly and Janey Godley to Gordon Ramsay and Sir Rod Stewart, our weekly Showbiz newsletter is packed with the latest news on your favourite stars from Scotland and beyond. Signing up couldn't be easier! Simply enter your email address in the box further up the page or click here to view our wide range of newsletters. There is lots of disgusting graffiti all around the animal park aimed at Carole, including some promoting the theory she 'murdered' her late husband Don Lewis, a claim she has always vehemently denied. Carole has explain the meaning of one bit of graffiti which references the samba - telling Louis its because she did badly while performing the dance on the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars. Joe Exotic (Image: NetFlix) They head to where Joe's office used to be which is also full of abusive graffiti, but Louis admits it's strange that it appears to have come from Jeff Lowe and his team. When asked why there is so much animosity, Carole's husband Howard explains: "We took the property and got a court order and he had to leave the so we’re not his best friend. The whole property was trashed very intentionally." However, Lowe has denied vandalising the park, which he briefly reopened in May last year as 'Tiger King Park' to draw crowds in off the back of the Netflix series. While looking at tiny pens that were once storage for surplus tigers, emotional Carole says: "It's just so sad." The Baskins say there were three tigers, 11 wolves and two bears still remaining when they took over that were moved to a sanctuary in Colorado. Animals that Joe didn't shoot are dispersed but still caged at roadside zoos and sanctuaries around the US. While looking through a pile of rubble they find tiger bones and a skull - but the most grisly discoveries come in Joe's former home. Louis finds a cage that he was previously inside with Joe and a tiger (Image: BBC) "With an uneasy feeling of trespassing, I was entering the wreckage of what I'd once known as Joe's home," says Louis.

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." Using a torch, Louis enters what he believes was once Joe's bedroom and finds a crib where he used to keep tiger cubs. "What a god awful nursery," says Carole before making a bizarre discovery on the floor. She cries: "And oh my gosh and there are d*** pics down here on the floor now that I'm looking down at my feet." Joe's old bedroom is now a wreck (Image: netflix) Stunned Louis replies: "Are you serious? Oh my goodness. That is the reproductive organ of the male species in a state of arousal." A throwback to Joe's time in the limelight, Louis spots a dirty Joe Exotic TV hat on the side and admits: "It takes a bit of work for a place to look this bad." In the wreckage of Joe's house, Louis wonders if it might contain clues to his life and story. He describes it as a "mausoleum to Joe's dreams after finding magazines and newspaper cuttings stretching back to the earliest years of his life. Top news stories today Serial attacker exploits legal flaw Woman's body found at Glasgow flat Dad of ecstasy death girl wants review Desperate family in fundraising drive There are photos of his brief stint as a Texas police chief, first marriage to late partner Brian Rhyne and a momento of his brother Garold Wayne Schreibvogel, who was killed at 36 after a car crash and in whose memory the park was founded. Louis also visits Carole's Big Cat Rescue site in Tampa, Florida which provides a home for abused animals and aims to end breeding in captivity. Louis is going back through his old footage with Joe (Image: BBC) He points out that Joe called his animal park a sanctuary that rescued big cats so asks Carole what makes her so different. "Sanctuaries don’t breed, they don’t buy, they don’t sell these animals," she explains. "A place that claims to be a sanctuary and saving these animals while they’re breeding more for a life in prison thats a zoo, not a sanctuary." Carole paid the price for trying to hit back at Joe's practises as he seemingly made death threats and claimed she was "the number one terrorist in America". Reflecting on the turbulent time, Carole and her husband Howard tell Louis that Joe was angry because their campaigning meant malls were not allowing him to bring tigers along anymore and had a major impact on his income. Louis also visits Carole Baskin's Big Cat Sanctuary in Florida (Image: MindhouseTV/Twitter) "I think an organisation like PETA coming after him was an organisation, where as me who could blame it on a single person," says Carole. "But the battle was never with him, it was always to protect the big cats from people like him." The GW Exotic Animal Park made most of its money by allowing the public to handle tiger cubs. Carole and Howard now have ownership of Joe's former zoo (Image: BBC / Jack Rampling / Mindhouse) Read More Related Articles Carole Baskin fuming after being tricked into Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile birthday shout out messages Visitors were allowed to sponsor the tigers, paid to hold them and were even shown tiny cubs that were only 24 hours old. The most lucrative and controversial of the fundraising activities were Joe's cub-petting roadshows where he would visit malls to see a wider range of customers. While confessing he saw things that were "at best questionable", Louis admits it was hard not to "warm" to Joe. Looking back at his original documentary while reflecting on hours of unseen footage, Louis sets out to understand who the real Joe Exotic is and comes to some worrying realisations. *Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic airs Monday on BBC One at 9pm

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