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An NYC police officer comes face-to-face with Ming, a 350 lb tiger secretly living in an apartment

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u/A_Martian_Potato 11d ago edited 11d ago

Because I haven't seen anyone else say it:

He was rescued and lived at an animal sanctuary until his death from natural causes in 2019.

Good end to the story.

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u/GreenStrong 11d ago Silver Take My Energy hehehehe

That is a good end to the story. I'm glad he got out of that terrible situation and got to live somewhere awesome. What about the tiger, what happened to him?

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u/A_Martian_Potato 11d ago All-Seeing Upvote Bravo Grande!

Oh, the tiger got addicted to meth, went to rehab and now councils at-risk youth and runs a community garden.

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u/TheNuttyIrishman 11d ago

Yeah but the tiger still gets his cushy pension even if he ends up killing

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u/Random-Cpl 11d ago Take My Energy

It’s a special claws in his contract

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u/CashWrecks 11d ago

Ok I'll bite, what's it say?

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u/BALONYPONY 11d ago edited 10d ago

Hard to tell, the redactions were striped across the language.

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u/Km219 11d ago

I dunno it's was purrty obvious in feline print

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u/mulchmuffin 10d ago

Yeah but meow is public reputation has been tarnished.

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u/W1D0WM4K3R 11d ago

I'm not paying taxes so this low-life tiger can skate on government money!

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u/Dreamwalk3r 11d ago Gold

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u/Realtrain 11d ago

Holy how, I feel like I haven't seen this meme in a decade.

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u/flyinthesoup 10d ago

Definitely needs a come back, it's one of the least cringy reddit memes in its history. Plus it's fun to go into the switcharoo rabbit hole.

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u/MondoSockPuppet 11d ago

Hold my rappel line, I'm going in!

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u/fade_like_a_sigh 11d ago

As someone who hit their 13th cake day on Reddit the other day on this account, y'all are making an old Redditor very happy seeing the old meme alive and well.

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u/DragonflyGrrl 10d ago

From one geezer to another, it's crazy how long that switcheroo has been going on, isn't it?!? I crack a huge smile every single time I see it.

Careful out there, don't fall and break a hip. ;)

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u/Mehgician 11d ago

Hold my Bengals jersey, I’m going in!

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u/OrangeRising 11d ago

Hello future redditors!

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u/bkboiler555 11d ago

I went down that rabbit hole about 10 deep before I quit…

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u/4031274 11d ago

Carole Baskin strikes again.

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u/Mello_velo 11d ago

Bitch be saving big cats

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u/CGNYC 11d ago

What happen to the Alligator?

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u/TerpBE 11d ago

That also had a happy ending - see these shoes?

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u/dashinny 11d ago

How do you keep a tiger in a nyc apartment without it going ballistic after being cooped up in a cramped space for so long?

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u/elkmeateater 11d ago

Apparently there was a nursing home across the street and residents would report seeing a tiger in the apartment but the staff thought it was just dementia.

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u/missymaypen 11d ago

I've learned to not discount them. Even if it doesn't make sense. Patient kept saying her husband was in the bathroom and had been in there awhile. So somebody needed to check on him. Her husband had been gone for years.

Checked the bathroom and didn't see anything. Started to leave and her a noise like a leg or something hitting a wall. Man was hiding in the bathtub. He was another patient's relative. Came to visit his relative and apparently hid somewhere when visiting time was over.

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u/Quick_slip 11d ago

That would’ve scared the shit outta me

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u/Madpony 11d ago

Why was he hiding? You stopped the story too soon!

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u/missymaypen 11d ago

Sorry. My boss was staring at me. I honestly don't know. I would assume either he was a pervert or going for the medicine room. We had another one that took meds at one point and passed out in the med room(walk in closet sized room full of narcotics). We also had one that climbed in bed with a patient and he was discovered when she bit him and wouldn't let go.

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u/unholymackerel 11d ago

These environment enrichment activities are getting out of hand.

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u/PureHeartsEroticArts 11d ago

he was discovered when she bit him and wouldn't let go.

Don't mess with grandma. She's like a snapping turtle. XD

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u/Drix22 11d ago

I had a patient in an alcohol rehab. Hard core alcoholic, like drink the hand sanitizer hard core.

Anyhow, one day we find a empty bottle of jack under his bed. Patient says it's not his and accuses a staff member he doesn't like of planting it there.

Patient gets put on a 1:1 because he's drinking bottles of booze somehow and needs to be monitored, this goes on for several weeks with no further incedent.

Comes off 1:1, same shit happens. Back on to 1:1.

One night my boss is in the building way past hours (like 2am), and his 1:1, the guy he doesn't like reeks of alcohol and is passed out in his chair. Patient wakes up, sees my boss, sees his 1:1 and says "Told you"

A bottle of booze was found in his locker.

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u/remainderrejoinder 10d ago

Interviewer: What do you think qualifies you to work in an alcohol rehab?

Interviewee: Well I have a lot of experience with alcohol.

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u/jpocket 10d ago

You know, I'm something of an alcoholic myself

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u/Pur1wise 10d ago

Did nobody think to check the patient to see if he had alcohol in his system before putting him on watch?

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u/Drix22 10d ago

Don't you bring fancy gimmicks and lab work into that shit show.

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u/myrddyna 10d ago

That's work.

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u/The_Original_Gronkie 11d ago

My Dad had dementia, and I cope with the memories of those scary few years by remembering the funny stories.

Like the time he was sitting at the kitchen breakfast bar talking. I was watching TV with my back to him. I turned down the TV and said "What was that, Dad?" He said, "I was just talking to that woman over there." There was nobody else in the kitchen, so I asked him "Where?" He looked back and said "She's gone."

"What did she look like?"

"Um, she was very attractive."

"Really? What did she want?"

He was a bit flustered, but said "Well, she likes men, I'll tell you that!"

So apparently attractive women were flirting with him in his old age, so that was nice.

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u/redzmangrief 11d ago

Sadly this is why a lot of elderly and mental patients end up assaulted. No one believes them

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u/petawmakria 11d ago

Apparently there was a nursing home across the street

How bad is it that my first thought reading this was that the tiger hunted nursing home residents?

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u/hambonegw 11d ago

hey, same

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u/likeaword 11d ago

Thank you! That was my firtst thought too 😂

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u/schmidtzkrieg 11d ago

There's a resident at the building I work in who was always telling us how he's worried about people breaking into his room, he's seeing people climbing in the windows. We all wrote it off as paranoia until we found out that the boyfriend of the person in the next room was legitimately scaling three floors of the building to climb in her window.

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u/keziahw 11d ago

I misread and had a major wtf moment until I realized the building you're talking about probably isn't a nursing home

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u/theonemangoonsquad 11d ago

Ikr, I was thinking damn, this boyfriend is limber af for 75 years old.

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u/RustyShackleford1122 11d ago

To be fair that still may have been the case

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u/vivaaprimavera 11d ago

Dismissing that sort of thing usually is not a good idea. I read about a case where a patient described is symptoms in such a way that the staff there sent him straight to the psychiatrist. Luckily the doctor was in good mood and decided "I want to see that" and sent him to the right service. The guy said the he was "shiting black birds" and was bleeding from the stomach.

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u/Rude-Parsley2910 11d ago

Very different story but along the same lines of not dismissing something crazy. so my mom works in the front office at an elementary school, and a student that is something like 90% blind said he saw a llama getting shot at recess. we live in a pretty suburban area so nobody believed the kid, but my mom decided to call the security guard and have them walk the edge of the playground. turns out just on the other side of the fence is a farm with a llama, and a vet was shooting it with a tranquilizer to sedate it for an examination.

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u/Mulley-It-Over 10d ago

Glad your mom believed the student and had the security guard check on it. She did right by the student. Now people aren’t going to go around thinking the student is saying crazy things and talking about him behind his back.

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u/GrinderMonkey 10d ago

The long term care industry is kind of shitty around a lot of its edges. My wife's mother appeared to be completely nonverbal and checked out if you weren't really paying attention, but she was still pretty sharp under her disability. A few of us who had spent years caring for her could understand her entirely.. because she appeared non verbal and not very cognizant, she was subjected to a variety of neglect and outright abuse, and that's with us paying very close attention.

Please talk to, and believe your elderly and disabled cohorts. Things are worse for them than you would like to believe.

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u/flyingace1234 10d ago

I’m reminded of a post a while back on ask Reddit about what to do if you think a child is faking illness. It was good to see the consensus was “take them seriously anyway “. I know dementia can be frustrating to work with but I can only imagine how it must be like to live with it.

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u/riotousgrowlz 11d ago

Whenever my grandma with dementia was constipated she thought she was in labor and was very concerned about being unwed (she was long widowed). It was very sad.

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u/BoilerMaker11 11d ago edited 11d ago

I went to the tiger's wiki page. Apparently it was a 5 bedroom apartment. Not saying that that's anywhere close to large enough to have a damn tiger not freak out. But just that you can assume the place wasn't the box type loft apartment that's only 500 square feet, like you do when you think of when you think of an NYC apartment not being leased by somebody super wealthy.

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u/dashinny 11d ago

At least the tiger and the alligator had their own bedrooms

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u/CaielG 11d ago

I mean, it mauled him so I guessing it wasn't OK with the space after awhile.

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u/TwoTinyTrees 11d ago

Judging by the way it is clawing at the window after that meal on a rope hanging in front of him, I’m guessing you don’t.

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u/h8speech 11d ago

After being darted, Ming charged at the window from which Duffy had fired, breaking it, then retreated further into the apartment.

Fuck that

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u/TripleSingleHOF 11d ago

Imagine how big a piece of shit you must be to keep an animal like this in a tiny apartment like that.

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u/TheEastSideStory 11d ago edited 11d ago

Pretty sure he had a gator too… this was like 2004

Edit: my bad it was 2003

https://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/10/04/nyc.tiger/

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u/TomboBreaker 11d ago

I don't understand how they don't get ate when they come home

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u/goodcleanchristianfu 11d ago

The tiger was discovered because it bit him and he sought treatment at a hospital. To be fair, it took three years before the tiger took a bite, and even then it was only because the owner was stopping the tiger from chasing a housecat. Ming was pretty well behaved.

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u/FabulousSOB 11d ago

Guy's got some serious balls trying to dicipline a tiger in chase mode.

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u/BostonUniStudent 10d ago

Antoine Yates of Harlem. He lived an extraordinary life.

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u/powerangerpink 11d ago

No shit! Chasing the house cat. Lord how delusional was his owner??? Poor Ming. Can you imagine that scene, though? Romping through the apartment chasing the house cat.

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u/LateToSapphos 10d ago

Can you imagine being the neighbor downstairs

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u/guynamedjames 10d ago

If memory serves the downstairs neighbor complained of cat urine coming from the ceiling. Tigers probably need more of a 5 gallon bucket than a litter box

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u/Mr_Laheys_Drinkypoo 10d ago

Imagine the smell of all that tiger piss in that apartment.

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u/potachos 10d ago

Can you imagine being the housecat?

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u/bewarethesloth 10d ago

This is why I always try for a top floor apartment

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u/bigmashsound 10d ago

cause of the tigers?

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u/orange_sherbetz 10d ago

The only thing that shocks me about this story - is that the owner also had a cat???

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u/TheLastSamurai101 10d ago

The shocking part for me was that his mother was babysitting children in the same apartment...

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u/LastAphrodesiac 10d ago

Tigers get surprisingly lazy when well-fed, their behaviour is incredibly similar to a housecat, the danger isn't them killing you for food, but doing so accidentally during play, then eating you after

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u/vikrant1993 11d ago

“Loud growling noises could be heard through the door of the apartment and the officer declined to enter.”

I read that line from the Wikipedia article on the discovery of the Tiger…I bet the same reaction was had by every person walking by his apartment

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u/brocahantas 10d ago

Yeah how is this not caught and reported by neighbors sooner?!

You’d hear everything in every city apartment I’ve lived in. Can’t imagine the noise a fucking tiger would make in there.

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u/RegisterOk9743 10d ago

Neighbors probably convinced themselves it was the tv or something, because someone having a tiger in there just sounds too far fetched to be true.

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u/one_love_silvia 11d ago

How the fuck do you feed a fucking tiger AND a gator?

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u/Winniezepoohscroptop 11d ago

The tiger alone was getting fed 20lbs of chicken every day. The food budget must have been massive.

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u/bigspur 11d ago

Fun fact—he sued the City for removing the tiger from the apartment too. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/wbna14235939

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u/Upside_Down_999 11d ago

A man who sued the city for entering his apartment without a search warrant after he was mauled by his 450-pound pet Siberian tiger demonstrated a lot of nerve in taking the city to court, a judge said as he threw out the lawsuit.

Police removed the 10-foot-long tiger, Ming, and an alligator, Al, from Yates' East Harlem apartment. Yates served 3 1/2 months in jail after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment.

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u/Pyotr_WrangeI 11d ago

I should be outraged, but I'm too impressed by logistical skills of a person who somehow managed to keep a giant tiger and a giant crocodile in the same New York apartment? Legitimately, how do you pull something like this off? Sure it didn't end well for him, but how the hell do you sneak 2 apex predators into a megapolis apartment and keep them there for any length of time? Are we sure they didn't hide an orca in their basement somewhere?

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u/johannthegoatman 11d ago

Pretty sure he got them as babies and raised them. But still super cray

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u/Deesing82 11d ago

not one comment responding to you has mentioned the most impressive logistical issue he dealt with--removing the waste of a 450lbs animal on a daily basis.

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u/Antknee729 11d ago

I know it must have smelled crazy in that apartment

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u/AreYouABadfishToo_ 11d ago

he drugged the shit out of tiger. That’s what all big cat owners do. Especially when they let people come and pet the tigers. The animals have to be sedated for human interaction. It’s fucked up. I would never go to big cat petting zoo.

All exotic/wild animals owners likely drug their animals. Remember the lady in CT who kept a pet chimpanzee? And the chimp snapped one day and mauled her friend nearly to death? Turned out the owner was giving the chimp xanax and other things.

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u/xl-imperium-lx 11d ago

Xanax and wine… if you know anything about pills (especially Xanax) and wine then you know the chimp was out there mentally. Poor dude

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u/jsgoyburu 11d ago

The chimp was a Real Housewife?

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u/angrydeuce 11d ago

The whole story was so fucked up. After the cops unloaded however many rounds into it, it crawled back into its cage before dying, likely the only place it felt safe. Just wrecks me knowing that poor monkey obviously was confused, didn't know what the fuck was going on, and then died without the only human he knew with him.

Obviously what happened to the woman who had her face literally ripped off was horrific, don't get me wrong. Just so many levels of fucked up, especially as this creature was treated like a human child, it more or less was a human child mentally, and got gunned down because it's owner was a fuckin piece of shit.

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u/Imaginary-Bread1829 10d ago

I heard the sudden switch in his behavior was due to the Xanax she was giving him. I think she was getting it from her doctor none the less. Monkeys shouldn’t be kept as pets but the reason he attacked the lady suddenly is probably due to her just being a terrible pet owner, so she has his blood on her hands, along with the blame of her friend’s horrific accident

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u/JumboJumboShrimp 11d ago

Your whole comment is on point, but since it's reddit and we're all pedantic assholes just FYI chimps are apes. Monkeys have tails, apes don't.

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u/RedDiscipline 11d ago

My understanding is that the chimp is suspected of being in withdrawal from Xanax at the time of the attack, which if true, it's like no fucking wonder

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u/stoneandglass 11d ago

Nothing for animal cruelty huh?

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u/BigBootyRiver 11d ago

In NY state animal cruelty may have been a lesser sentence since the max is 6 months and most people get off with a fine. It also is harder to prove if both animals were at least physically healthy aka well fed

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u/malmalme16 11d ago

Too bad it was only 3 and a half months. Animals deserve better.

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u/Boba_Brett 11d ago edited 11d ago

"We both had our freedom, but now we're both caged," he said of himself and Ming the day he was jailed.

No, you are the one that caged a damn tiger in an apartment! What a real piece of shit.

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u/rioting_mime 11d ago

That was the line that cemented the mental illness. Guy really thought this tiger was living its best life with him in an NYC apartment. What a psycho.

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u/TJtherock 11d ago

Legit exotic animal hoarding. A tiger sanctuary near me got it's start from someone with a shipping container with 20+ lions and tigers. turpentine creek wildlife refuge. The animals were rescued and needed somewhere to go. Only half of them survived though. And the lady went out and did the whole thing again.

There are some illegal things that don't make sense to me. Like, I don't know exactly where to buy hard drugs but I know where/who I can start with. But I have no idea who you talk to about buying tigers.

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u/Nolubrication 10d ago

Roadside zoos like the ones in Tiger King, I reckon. Just show up with enough cash in hand and those shady fucks will sell you anything you want.

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u/Jamoras 11d ago

He kept a tiger in his apartment. Did you expect him to be well-adjusted and rational?

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u/Boba_Brett 11d ago

Fair enough. I shouldn't be surprised in the least bit at this point.

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u/Glubglubguppy 11d ago

In a New York apartment, no less. You're lucky if you get a broom closet to yourself there.

My big question is, how did he survive being in such a small space with a tiger????

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u/royalsocialist 11d ago

Probably fed it. If you raise a tiger as a baby and keep it from being hungry it would have no reason to be aggressive toward you.

Of course, this dude got mauled so something went wrong. Could just have been an accident, though the fact that tiger was raised in a NYC apartment probably didn't help his behavioural traits/mental health. Oh, and there was a crocodile?

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u/John_cCmndhd 11d ago

Of course, this dude got mauled so something went wrong. Could just have been an accident

I mean, house cats sometimes accidentally scratch you when trying to play, imagine what happens when the cat is bigger than you

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u/kevnmartin 11d ago

Reddit headline is wrong. The article says the tiger was 450 lbs.

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u/acanthocephalic 11d ago

That was after he ate half the NYPD officer

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u/DudeWithAnAxeToGrind 11d ago

"We both had our freedom, but now we're both caged," he said of himself and Ming the day he was jailed.

LOL. That's a bold statement. From somebody who kept a tiger caged inside a tiny apartment.

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u/setibeings 11d ago

Fuck this guy, the fact that he's the one who was bit was dumb luck on his part. A couple months in jail, and the animals being taken to a better place to live was the best outcome he could have hoped for given what might have happened if the tiger escaped.

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u/rockstaa 11d ago

This article is from 2006. Was this picture 20 years old?

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u/dakatabri 11d ago

Yes. It's been on the front page many times before.

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u/floog 11d ago

I've heard from the owner of the Wild Animal Sanctuary (just East of Denver, well worth a visit) that there are more tigers in private residences...in Texas, than in the wild. He has some seriously messed up stories of rescues he's done. Guy really does have an enormous heart.

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u/jeshwesh 11d ago

My uncle used to take me to exotic animal auctions in Missouri when I was growing up, and it was always amazing the animals you'd see for sale. There would be what looked like a somewhat regular cow (but from Asia) and then they'd just wheel out a black bear in a cage, and then rheas on leashes. The people buying them just looked like regular farmers. No Joe Exotic or Cruella de Vil eccentrics. I could see Texas being rife with private collectors

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u/gdo01 11d ago

How do you get them into the country or into a city? You can’t expect UPS to just leave one at your door

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u/jeshwesh 11d ago

Well I don't know all of the Federal rules and laws surrounding the importation of exotic animals, but I never go the impression they were particularly strict. People would just have lions and tigers, and the restrictions around that seemed to fall to the states they were in; which is probably why certain states have more collectors than others. As far as logistics, most of the animals I remember seeing were just in regular livestock trailers. The thing is, the people buying and selling these animals didn't seem like professionals or anything. They were just farmers (like my uncle) and so the housing and contraptions they used to raise them were just stuff they came up with. I was a kid, so all of this seemed pretty cool at the time, but in retrospect there are probably a lot of miserable animals out there living and dying in less than decent conditions.

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u/MikoSkyns 11d ago

Ohio has a fuckload of tigers in private residences too.

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u/stlmick 11d ago

When I lived in Cincinnati in '93, there was a house down the street that had a female lion that was almost full grown(I'm guessing). Would see it staring out the upstairs window when I'd ride my bicycle down the street.

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u/nover3 11d ago

Had a fever dream once of a lion in an apartment building and on its floor I was trying to walk past the room it was housed in but the door was open and the lion just kept Starring at me, and some point the sheer fright was enough to wake me the fuck up , my heart was literally pounding.

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u/cgn-38 11d ago

There is actually some sort of thing going on with a tiger when you get up close and lock eyes with one. Their whole deal is mesmerizing to me. Probably because we as apes are a prey species of tiger. The whole facial stripe thing is like one of those mesmerizing line drawing illusions. Make you freeze in confusion just long enough to get jumped.

One and done on that experience, thank you very much.

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u/LivingAnomoly 11d ago

Uhhh..... f that!

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u/Codeofconduct 11d ago

I believe we have a lot of exotic animals in MT as well due to relaxed laws people move here with explicit intentions of owning wild animals sometimes.

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u/uberjach 11d ago

How are you gonna spend 1000$ on meat and afford a large apartment as well? It was either the tiger or a large apartment...

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u/Lurch_murrgh 11d ago

You remember Old Mrs Jones from across the street, what did happen to her...

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u/microgiant 11d ago edited 11d ago

That's crazy, how did a tiger afford rent in NYC?

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u/OldeFortran77 11d ago Table Slap

It was rent-controlled. The Tiger's grandmother used to live there.

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u/Birdie_Num_Num 11d ago

The residuals from the TV work he did with Frosties back in the ‘80s come in pretty handy too

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u/Winter-Adhesiveness9 11d ago

Grrrreeeaat actor

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u/davtruss 11d ago

Who drank all the f-cking milk!

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u/gerryt32 11d ago

Frosties

TIL they're not called "Frosted Flakes" everywhere. Does Tony still sound American in Frosties adverts?

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u/pinewind108 11d ago

He just ate all the rent collectors.

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u/fork_that 11d ago

doesn't need to afford it, who is going to demand it pays up?

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u/cmarkcity 11d ago

Living off of his uncle Tony’s Frosted Flakes fortune

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u/Lynxincan 11d ago

Wife-"how was work honey?" Officer -"it's been a day"

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u/WhiteTshirtDad 11d ago

"I'm getting too old for this shit."

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u/Wpgjetsfan19 11d ago

I don’t have a dog because I feel bad making it live in an apartment and this asshole has a tiger.

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u/Lindaspike 11d ago

AND a 5 foot alligator! check out the link to the NY times story!

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u/cjoll4 11d ago

Seems legit. If you have a mouse problem you get a cat. If you have a gator problem you get a proportionally larger cat.

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u/Coupon_Ninja 11d ago edited 11d ago

Well that’s probably why they have a cat

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u/BiBoFieTo 11d ago

I feel so bad for that poor animal.

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u/BlorseTheHorse 11d ago

it was tranqulized and taken somewhere safe if i remember correctly

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u/2meinrl4 11d ago

Upper East Side?

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u/Proud-Emu-5875 11d ago

Bronx, ironically

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u/-HarmlessPotato- 11d ago

They moved it to another apartment in the Bronx.

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u/DudeWithAnAxeToGrind 11d ago

Both tiger and the alligator were transferred to an animal rescue in Ohio. This was back in 2006. The Tiger died in 2019. Tigers live about 8-10 years in the wild, but can get as old as 20 in captivity. So more than likely it simply died of old age. Animal rescues for big cats can vary a lot; hopefully he ended up in a good one and lived much better life than being crammed in a apartment.

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u/AFC93 10d ago

Not sure about the alligator, but Ming was transferred to Noah's Lost Ark in Berlin, Ohio. I worked there until 2018 and can say he absolutely lived a much better life. Large enclosure, den cleaned daily, regularly scheduled visits from a specialized veterinarian, quality food, toys, etc.

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u/Beatsy 11d ago

Shoutout Armand Hammer

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u/justouttoday 11d ago

Had to scroll so far for this, real

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u/tron7 11d ago

I knew it would be here somewhere

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u/TorkX 11d ago

Great album cover and a great album

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u/Tiptoe33 11d ago

Billy woods is so good!

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u/j_smoov_ 11d ago

When that shit got hungry I had to go and take chicken!

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u/tron7 11d ago

Your mind the greatest weapon but your heart the biggest target

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u/FrenchPoodle666 11d ago

When I first saw the post, I was expecting it to be about them ngl

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u/chocolatebabyman27 10d ago

Man, nothing feels better than seeing people recognize music on a scale like this that I thought was pretty niche. Shout-out to you for fucking with good music

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u/Birdie_Num_Num 11d ago

Tiger: “I need a million dollars and a helicopter or the hostage gets it”

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u/greentshirtman 11d ago

"Your "hostage" is an alligator named "Al". We are fine with the idea of you killing them."

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u/Nomadic100 11d ago

Lads.... Take this rifle back and bring me a bucket of catnip and a BIG ball of yarn.

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u/shadowhunter742 11d ago Gold

Lasers on boys.

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u/BornInBigD 11d ago

Imagine the size of the litter box!

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u/_Weatherwax_ 11d ago

The smell of the litterbox.

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u/bingbano 11d ago

I worked at a zoo, in horticulture, with Bengal tigers. Their waste smells horrible. Ocelotes (another type of cat) seriously has the worst smelling waste I've ever smelled.

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u/BluEyesWhitPrivilege 11d ago

Do the Ocelots remember you?

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u/bingbano 11d ago

None of the animals do. I worked in horticulture. They only ever saw me through cages. I would into exhibits when the animals were off, unless they were not harmful (giant torts, and for some reason the emu/deer/lama exhibit). That emu though was a horny bastard and would try to mount you which is fucking terrifying. Most zoo animals don't interact with people directly. We did have a singing dog the keepers would walk around back areas. She was tamer then some dogs I've met.

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u/fokye 11d ago

You're gonna have to elaborate on the singing dog thing jaja

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u/bingbano 11d ago

Well she was really old. We took all the dogs off exhibit prior to me starting. The dog in question would often go on walks with a harness and leash. She was pretty mellow and friendly. She always made me feel nervous because she might be tame but still a wild dog.

If you are just curious what a singing dog is. They are a subspecies of wild dog with unique calls and such. Kinda looks like a dingo

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u/fezzikola 11d ago

It was mostly showtunes, just trust me don't dare ask for old macdonald

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u/Mega-Steve 11d ago

Hauling out big sacks of cat shit, too. You ain't getting tiger dookie down the pipes unless you run it through a Cuisinart

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u/STerrier666 11d ago edited 11d ago

I remember this being on the news when I was in my 20s in the early 2000s, there was also an Alligator and a Python in the flat and if I remember correctly there was a 4 year old kid living in there with his mum.

Edit : it was 2003, here's a link for more info. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/nyregion/ming-tiger-harlem-nyc.html#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16746640995694&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2020%2F04%2F18%2Fnyregion%2Fming-tiger-harlem-nyc.html

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u/Arcade1980 11d ago Hugz

Ming lived to be about 19 at an animal sanctuary in Ohio. He passed away in 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ming_of_Harlem

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u/heroinsteve 11d ago

It’s not until you’re dangling from a bungee cord next to a window with a hungry 350lb tiger growling at you through a window that you begin to question if you made the right career choice.

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u/snoweel 11d ago

I'm trying to picture the set of circumstances that make approaching the apartment by rope the right way to handle this situation.

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u/The-Holy-Sheep-14 11d ago

“Right Steve, we need you to abseil down the side of this 150M building till you come face to face with the 350lb tiger. Here’s a hard hat for your safety”

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u/JVM_ 11d ago

The tranquilizers take 3-5 minutes to take effect, so be safe!

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u/Fuduzan 11d ago

I'd rather dangle outside the window on a rope to get an idea of what the situation is first than just ram open the front door and hope I don't get the murder mittens.

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u/Regguls864 11d ago

I'd rather be safe and secure on a rappelling rope looking through a gated window than try to enter through a 36-inch door you can't see behind. Less dangerous for the animal too because there is only one officer shooting a tranquilizer from a safe distance. If they entered through a door the tiger might rush before the tranquilizer could be fired and backup officers would be forced to shoot and kill.

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u/steven-daniels 11d ago

"Pretty kitty? Nice kitty?"

That litter box must be horrific.

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u/La_Jalapena 11d ago

Just read the wiki article and it's the most ridiculous thing ever.

Dude also had an alligator in the apartment and his mom would babysit children there.

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u/StasRutt 11d ago

The running a daycare is insane to me! And taking in roommates?!

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u/RobbieL241 11d ago

That episode of SVU where Stabler takes down a Russian tiger-smuggling ring.

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u/brokenxy 11d ago

Shout out to billy woods

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u/DionneWarlock 11d ago

"If that shit got hungry, then I had to go take chicken."

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u/bassclefharry 11d ago

Glad someone beat me to it, Armand Hammer ftw

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u/SimpleAqueous 11d ago

Favorite song on the album gotta be Charms or Bitter Cassava

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u/oilcompanywithbigdic 11d ago

lord help me I feel like the RZA

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u/PTBruiser7 11d ago

can’t forget ELUCID.

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u/Ninjalikestoast 11d ago

Good thing he has a hard hat on.

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u/paladinx17 11d ago

That gives him Armor Rating +1

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u/_chaseh_ 11d ago

It’s the tiger’s apartment now

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u/BigFenton 11d ago

Isnt this an Armand Hammer album cover??

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u/ColonelGaddafisDad 11d ago

This is an album cover too

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u/Barryzuckerkorn_esq 11d ago

Anyone remember when the tiger got loose from forest park and was walking through traffic on the Jackie Robinson pkwy?

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u/Memes_Lol 11d ago

Armand Hammer

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u/BaggySpandex 11d ago

You see the size of the rats here? Just saying I understand it.

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u/boomerang_act 11d ago

Damn that’s a terribly dressed figure 8 knot.

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