When Louis Theroux met Joe Exotic in ‘Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets’
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve obviously been obsessing over Netflix’s new Tiger King documentary series, which follows the bizarre and totally crazy true life story of Joe Exotic, a former big cat zoo keeper who is one of the most infamous characters of modern American media and who became embroiled in everything from illegal animal trafficking to a full-on murder for hire scheme.
Now in a special event SKY TV’s BBC Earth’s Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets, where the famed journalist meets some of the most craziest pet owners in America.
Louis is immersed in the chaotic world of Joe, an exotic animal park owner whose collection of 180 lions and tigers appears to be spiralling out of control. He tries to understand the logic in the park’s breeding programme that produces animals that will eventually be of little value and will need to be homed in cages at a great cost.
He also meets Connie, a single woman in her 60s who shares her home with 20 chimpanzees that she calls family. This is a family whose members will spend the majority of their lives separated by bars from their human ‘mother’ for fear that they may attack and mutilate her.
Throughout the film Louis wrestles with the ambiguities of keeping an exotic animal as a pet; can a ‘wild’ animal be happy with a life in captivity? Why own and care for an animal whose natural instinct is to kill?
Check out the full episode tonight on SKY TV on BBC Earth at 9.25pm tonight.