Mike Tyson Tells Joe Rogan How He Ended Up With Pet Tigers
Back in the 1990s, owning exotic pets was one of the ways the rich, famous and ridiculous showed off their affluence. Think of Michael Jackson who had a full-blown Zoo at his sprawling Neverland Ranch.
The other big name known for owning exotic pets is Heavyweight Champ and ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson. And no, we’re not talking about his doves and pigeons.
Tyson is best known for owning wild Tigers at his home and treating them as pets.
Knowing the big cats’ strength, agility and ferocious nature, Tyson would show his bravery by entering their enclosures and even taking them for walks on leashes. To get an idea of their strength, they were able to easily drag the champ wherever they wanted – the leash did little to stop the cats from prowling at their will.
But just how did Tyson come to be the proud owner of his tigers? In a recent interview with Joe Rogan, Tyson gave the audience the full run down:
“This is really interesting. I’m in prison at the time. So I’m in prison, I’m talking to my car dealer at the time and he has some cars that belong to a [mutual friend], and he’s discussing, ‘If he doesn’t pay for these cars, I’m going to sell these cars to somebody and get some horses.'”
“I said, ‘What, you can get horses? And trade horses in for cars?’ Because I had a lot of cars, I’d probably get some horses too.”
“And he said, ‘Yeah man, you can get cougars, lions, tigers.’ I said, ‘You do?! Can you get me some tigers?'”
“The guy said, ‘Imagine how cool that would be.’ I had a bunch of fancy cars. ‘Imagine that man, you’d be in an Aston Martin or a Ferrari. You’d have a tiger right next to you, man. That’d be so awesome.'”
“And I’m a young guy. I’m saying to myself, ‘Wow, that would be cool. Get me some cubs, man.'”