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A NYC police officer comes face-to-face with Ming, a 350 lb tiger secretly living in an apartment in Harlem in 2003. /r/ALL

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u/Primary-Ratio3751 12d ago

It took more than six men to carry Ming down via elevator to a waiting truck

FUCK being in an elevator with a sedated tiger.

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u/SheOutOfBubbleGum 12d ago

Apparently there was an old folks home across the street and they had been seeing the tiger for years, but when they told people no one believed them. “Yeah sure grandma, there’s a tiger in the projects”

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u/Gdav7327 12d ago

I lived in Brooklyn during this time and boy oh boy this was big news all around the city. Apparently Ming was well known before the cops ended up finding out. Still a legendary figure in Harlem to this day.

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u/GaiasEyes 12d ago

How the hell does a full grown tiger live “undiscovered” in a Harlem apartment for any prolonged period of time....?!

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u/Gdav7327 12d ago edited 12d ago

I think it was a “don’t ask don’t tell” sort of thing for that building. I had heard stories, but it was definitely a “Na that can’t be true” sort of thing. The guy had multiple animals I believe an Alligator as well. If I remember correctly he was bitten or scratched and had to go to the hospital and that’s the only way they found out lmao.

Edit: that’s exactly what happened. Here’s Ming’s personal Wiki page! The guy tried to say it was a Pitbull bite. SMH.

Ming of Harlem

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u/bingoflaps 12d ago

Ming, approximately three years old at the time of his capture, lived semi-openly with his owner, Antoine Yates, in a room of his five-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a large public housing complex in Harlem.

This mf had a 5 bedroom apartment?

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u/Gdav7327 12d ago

That’s probably the most amazing part of the entire story.

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u/Frys100thCupofCoffee 12d ago

If you can acquire a full grown tiger it doesn't seem that unreasonable.

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u/peterthefatman 12d ago

This guy spent all the money on the tiger and could’ve chose between a 2bed condo or a 5 bed public housing unit

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u/DownshiftedRare 12d ago

At the time of acquisition, Ming was only 8 weeks old, so not a full-grown tiger.

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u/TurmUrk 12d ago edited 12d ago

Check out tiger king if you havent, exotic animals are surprisingly affordable if you dont care about breaking the law

edit: my point isnt that you should go buy a tiger or that theyre affordable to feed, just that the price to get one is much less than I assumed it would be

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u/starmartyr 12d ago

Even if you get a free tiger they are still very expensive. An adult tiger eats 15 pounds of meat a day.

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u/ohnjaynb 12d ago

And there are no nearby Walmarts in Harlem. If this had happened in Staten Island I wouldn't bat an eye.

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u/taronic 12d ago

I mean, people can still afford that. Expensive, but it's not too too crazy.

Feed it 15 pounds of cheap pork a day, about $2k a month, probably a lot cheaper since you'd buy in bulk. I'd get a deep freezer, buy whole pigs quartered up. I bet you could get the costs down to $1k a month or less.

So, basically a relatively low income earner with a deep passion for illegal cats could make it work in an apartment I'd think. Not very practical... But motherfucker has a tiger for a pet. You're gonna spend a decent amount of time making sure it's well fed and happy or you're fucked.

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u/emmany63 12d ago

It looks from the story like his mother lived with him (or likely he lived with her). A lot of older apartments in Harlem are quite large, and are handed down generationally.

I live in a rent-stabilized building just 2 blocks from where Ming and his owner lived, and we have quite a few 4 bedroom apartments. Many of the families have been here for 40 years, and are paying about $800 - 900/month.

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u/knuggles_da_empanada 12d ago

This is actually ths most unbelievable part of the whole ordeal lmao

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u/kitylou 12d ago

In public housing?

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u/tfrontie01 12d ago

That is a big apartment but I work in some of those areas not in NYC but in Boston. Let me tell you those apartments are bare bones lanolium floors, bugs, and cinderblock walls. Very dirty hallways that look like jails. Very unpleasant places to live.

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u/benzodiazaqueen 12d ago

One of my buddies was doing his emergency medicine residency in Harlem when this happened! He said the guy was just shredded, parallel deep, deep lacerations from being clawed, and tried to blame it on a dog. He said one of nurses in the department was from Uganda and took the medical team aside to tell them that the wounds looked way more like what she’d seen on animals attacked by leopards or lions.

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u/alpha-delta-echo 12d ago

It’s like my grandpappy always said, “don’t lie in the emergency room because a Ugandan nurse will see right through you”.

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u/Postmortal_Pop 12d ago

Your grandpappy was a remarkably specific man.

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u/TheUltimateHuman 12d ago

Possibly a confused prophet in his time

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u/Barrel-rider 12d ago

People mocked him for years. Oh how they laughed at old pap pap. Well guess who's laughing now?

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u/xombae 12d ago edited 12d ago

That's incredible. When I heard he tried to blame it on a dog, my next question was going to be who in that hospital in Harlem thought "oh yeah, that's gotta be a tiger scratch". I wonder if she hadn't have been there if anyone would've put two and two together.

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u/indyK1ng 12d ago

Who in the hospital believed it was a dog scratch? Tiger paws are huge compared to dog paws.

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u/WarsawWarHero 12d ago

They meant put two and two together that it was a tiger/lion, they could probably figure it wasn’t a dog but didn’t know enough to know what it actually was

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u/really_isnt_me 12d ago

That’s an awesome tidbit, thanks!

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u/Mattlh91 12d ago edited 12d ago

Later, Yates said he had been bitten while trying to keep Ming away from Shadow, a cat he had recently adopted.

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In addition, Yates had taken roommates, who were unaware at first of the animals in the home.

Amazing.

Edit: But wait, there's more!

Later, his mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, since she had been babysitting children in the apartment.

Joe Exotic before Joe Exotic?

Around 2010, Yates lived in Pahrump, Nevada near Las Vegas with 22 big cats, including four tigers, having redubbed himself "Antoine Tigermann Yates".

This story has it all!

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u/you-are-not-yourself 12d ago

I mean Joe Exotic was on another level of terrible, he was profiting off newborn tiger cubs than "disappearing" them a few months after birth. In fact this dude seems like the exact type of person who folks like Joe Exotic sell their cubs to.

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u/SilverbackGorillaBoy 12d ago

Wasn't it the other guy that was "disappearing" cubs? They're all a-holes but wasn't it doc Anton that would use the cubs for a few weeks and then they'd just "disappear"

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u/Phlypp 12d ago

Yeah, the 'babysitting children in the same apartment' is what got me. Can you imagine the possible disasters resulting from that?

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u/donut_butt 12d ago

As a New Yorker, I think the craziest thing about the story is that the dude had a five-bedroom apartment.

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u/AlwaysTired9999 12d ago

ROFL the New Yorkers in this thread are like, he had a tiger? eh. Wait, did you say FIVE BEDROOM APARTMENT? UNBELIEVABLE!

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u/georgetonorge 12d ago edited 12d ago

Apparently it’s public housing and rent controlled. Still not sure how one guy gets all that.

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u/KellyJin17 12d ago

Your grandparents/parents who originally qualified put you on the lease and then move out. Its common in NYC with stabilized apartments and not illegal.

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u/ScrotumSam 12d ago

That's exactly how that bitch Monica Geller could afford that big ass apartment.

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u/Gdav7327 12d ago

100% lmfao. I re-read that also.

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u/ForkAKnife 12d ago

This is WILD!

In addition, Yates had taken roommates, who were unaware at first of the animals in the home.

And his mom was babysitting children in the home?! Who the hell drops off children to be babysat by people who put a tiger in an apartment in Harlem!

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u/beauedwards1991 12d ago

At least anyone who tried to kidnap the kids wouldn't have been very successful

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u/ForkAKnife 12d ago

You know that is one clean apartment if his neighbors weren’t smelling tiger excrement.

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u/dustycanuck 12d ago

That's got to have been one large litter tray

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u/mynumberistwentynine 12d ago edited 12d ago

Seriously,

By 2003, Yates was feeding Ming 20 pounds (9 kg) of chicken, livers, and bones per day.

I'm also curious how this dude was paying for all this too. I read in another article that he spent the majority of the day, everyday, with his animals.

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u/DoorHalfwayShut 12d ago

he had the hookups or whatever for the animals but not a shady doctor?

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u/YoungLinger 12d ago

Yeah, who's going out of their way to report anything in NYC, much less a tiger lmao

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u/seven3true 12d ago

"If they get caught, whatever. Ain't my business."

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u/Pure_Reason 12d ago

“If you see something, say something hope it didn’t see you and get the fuck away”

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u/sibemama 12d ago

Holy crap his mom was babysitting children in the apartment with the tiger….

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u/tg110e5 12d ago

What a read. Not only is it great too see Ming lived out the rest of his life at a sanctuary and died of natural causes but also his owner was an absolute moron (a tiger and a house cat? Come on)

Would’ve been a nightmare if that elevator broke down and Ming woke up

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u/TitsAndWhiskey 12d ago

How the hell did he have a 5 bedroom apartment in the projects?

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u/VirginiaClassSub 12d ago

He was a main character in a sitcom

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u/Deeliciousness 12d ago

Tigers are notoriously stealthy.

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u/beeprog 12d ago

In their natural habitat, the New York apartment block.

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u/maxk1236 12d ago

Until you pull out a Tuna fish sandwich. Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.

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u/QuiGonGiveItToYa 12d ago

Keep your head on a swivel, Calvin.

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u/SnowShuffler 12d ago

That reference made me smile. Such good memories. Thank you.

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u/Pdb39 12d ago

It is a concrete jungle..

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u/Axeon_Axeoff 12d ago

Wet dreams are made of

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u/northwoodsnick 12d ago

As some one who looks after alot of animals...

My one question is... how the fuck did they clean up after it?

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u/jmerridew124 12d ago

I am a quiet gorilla

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u/ABoiFromTheSky 12d ago

muffled sound of gorilla violence

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u/Zarohk 12d ago edited 12d ago

Marco?

EDIT: I wonder if the alligator in the apartment was the same one that Rachel burped?

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u/deathbycomputer 12d ago

Wow, can’t believe someone referenced Animorphs

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u/J_Jonah_Jameson1776 12d ago

Tigers are also notoriously wealthy.

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u/DotNetDeveloperDude 12d ago

Food, water, love, and a really really really big liter box.

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u/globaltummy 12d ago

Can you imagine the size of the poop?!

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u/NJFiend 12d ago

I once took a cab ride across my own home town. The cab driver pointed at a house only a few blocks from my house and said “those people have a bear in their basement. They are gonna get caught one day because it’s illegal to have a bear in your basement.”

I thought my cab driver was nuts. Then we saw in local news a few years later, there was a family busted for owning a pet bear in their basement. Had to be the same people. Some people are nuts with the idea of having a big exotic animal as a pet.

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u/Laearric 12d ago

Seriously. With how many times my ordinary housecat has drawn blood by accident or just being too excited, I can't imagine wanting a cat twenty times her size.

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u/Way_Unable 12d ago

People choosing not to believe others. Someone told a Cop the Cop told his CO and got screamed at so no one brought in anything about a Big cat in Harlem anymore.

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u/GoodyandSmidge 12d ago

Snitches get scritches

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u/EuCleo 12d ago

Consider the case of the female black leopard that escaped from the Zurich Zoo in the winter of 1933. She was new to the zoo and seemed to get along with the male leopard. But various paw injuries hinted at matrimonial strife. Before any decision could be taken about what to do, she squeezed through a break in the roof bars of her cage and vanished in the night. The discovery that a wild carnivore was tree in their midst created an uproar among the citizens of Zurich. Traps were set and hunting dogs were let loose. They only rid the canton of its few half-wild dogs. Not a trace of the leopard was found for ten weeks. Finally, a casual labourer came upon it under a barn twenty-five miles away and shot it. Remains of roe-deer were found nearby. That a big, black, tropical cat managed to survive for more than two months in a Swiss winter without being seen by anyone, let alone attacking anyone, speaks plainly to the fact that escaped zoo animals are not dangerous absconding criminals but simply wild creatures seeking to fit in.

And this case is just one among many. If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it, you would be amazed at the animals that would fall out. It would pour more than cats and dogs, I tell you. Boa constrictors, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, piranhas, ostriches, wolves, lynx, wallabies, manatees, porcupines, orang-utans, wild boar—that's the sort of rainfall you could expect on your umbrella. And they expected to find—ha! In the middle of a Mexican tropical jungle, imagine! Ha! Ha! It's laughable, simply laughable. What were they thinking?

-- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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u/DownshiftedRare 12d ago

I heard about a hospital that just let a horse wander around for four years and then it walked out the front door like nothing ever happened.

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u/Parmo-Head 12d ago

Apartment had orange and black stripey wallpaper.

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u/greenscizor 12d ago

This quote from the Wikipedia article is amazing:

A woman who shared a Harlem apartment with a 425-pound tiger said yesterday she was terrified at first—but soon got used to living with the man-eater down the hall. Caroline Domingo told the Daily News she couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted the big cat roaming free in the apartment where she and her husband rented a room from tiger-owner Antoine Yates. [...] But eventually, she said, "We all became family."

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u/salgat 12d ago

This guy actually rented out a room with a tiger in the common area? Wow.

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u/ChocoboExodus 12d ago

Sounds like my last airbnb

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u/finfanfob 12d ago edited 12d ago

Documentary on Amazon, Pluto, Vedo. "The elephant in the living room". A former cop in Ohio who owned lions, finds a man with 2 adult lions and 4 cubs living in a trailer. He tackles the illegal pet trade in the midwest. Dead tigers shot through the head, 4 tweens fucking with the 3rd deadliest snake outside a carwash. America is full of illegal animals bought and sold in illegal markets every year. Maybe you live in Pewamo Westphalia Michigan, somebody owns a tiger, or black mamba! And at some point, they open the door because they cant handle it.

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u/PerilousAll 12d ago

What I find stranger than the tiger is that this guy, a "part time taxi driver", had a 5 bedroom apartment:

lived semi-openly with his owner, Antoine Yates, in a room of his five-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a large public housing complex in Harlem

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u/throwra_lovin 12d ago

During the other half of his time he was clearly a drug dealer / had an amazing trust fund. You don't just have a 5 bedroom apartment in New York and a $10K tiger on a taxi driver's salary.

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u/ivegotaqueso 12d ago

Now that you mention it, being a taxi driver is an excellent cover for a drug dealer. You job is to literally drive around to meet people, pick them up, and collect money from them. And if a cop stops them they can toss their stash in the back and pretend a client must have dropped it, and oh no, they paid their fare with cash so you have no idea who they were.

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u/PygmeePony 12d ago

"We need to give her more meds, she's hallucinating."

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u/lonelybaloney_stoney 12d ago

Grandma you’re a lion!

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u/BillionaireBombshell 12d ago

I wonder how they overlooked more than one person seeing it?

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u/ilikili2 12d ago

A lot of people saw a leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama. Doesn’t mean it’s true, I guess.

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u/bettinafairchild 12d ago edited 12d ago

It gets crazier. The guy also had an alligator in his apartment. Yes, an alligator living in an apartment was so much less crazy than other aspects of the story that it's just a footnote to the story.

Here's another great quote: "A woman who shared a Harlem apartment with a 425-pound tiger said yesterday she was terrified at first—but soon got used to living with the man-eater down the hall. Caroline Domingo told the Daily News she couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted the big cat roaming free in the apartment where she and her husband rented a room from tiger-owner Antoine Yates... But eventually, she said, 'We all became family.'"

Oh, and he lived there with his mother, too, and his mother babysat kids in the same apartment! With the tiger and the alligator!

Oh, and by the way, Michael Jackson was so touched by Yates' story that he helped him get a ranch in Nevada for himself and new large cats.

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u/IdiotCow 12d ago

I used to work at an exotic animal rescue, and sadly this happens more often than you think. We never had to deal with tigers (that was WAY out of our wheelhouse). We did, however, have an alligator that someone was keeping in their city apartment

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u/snortgiggles 12d ago

Wait, what? Michael Jackson? You just ... tossed that bomb in ...

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u/bettinafairchild 12d ago

Yep. Jackson, who liked large animals himself, was touched by the case of someone else who loved large animals but lacked Jackson’s resources to care for them. So he helped him.

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u/doubleblax 12d ago

Man this is one hell of a wild story

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u/yuffieisathief 12d ago

"secretly living in an apartment" makes it sounds like this tiger managed to infiltrate the human world successfully. Like he just wears a hat and a raincoat when he goes outside to work or do groceries, but he's been quite victorious in adapting!

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u/kat_d9152 12d ago

You wear a disguise to look like human guys,

But you're not a man, you're a Chicken Boo

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u/TheDood715 12d ago

I always felt so bad for him, I'm glad they gave him a happy ending on the Christmas episode.

Him and Buttons, really bummed me out as a kid.

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u/tbbHNC89 12d ago

I couldn't watch the Buttons segments. I hated that little girl and her parents for how they treated that dog and I didn't find it funny, even at like 8 years old.

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u/EvenOutlandishness88 12d ago

Oof, poor Buttons. Makes me sad just thinking about them.

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u/arseniic_ 12d ago

The Ninja Turles did it!

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u/SuddenlySucc 12d ago

The animal kingdom is pretty good at adapting, after all that’s how we got here.

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u/GreenStrong 12d ago

Unbelievable. Even in Harlem, New York rent is insane. How could the tiger afford it?

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u/Hairy_Kitchen 12d ago

He was selling bootleg Frosties

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u/GreenStrong 12d ago

"Yo man, you got any Frosties?"

"Yeah man" pulls out bagged cereal

"Why they in a bag, are those the real real?"

"Theey're accccceptable!"*

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u/TeamDisrespect 12d ago

Look man.. you want ‘em or those corn flakes they be givin’ at the clinic?

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u/BoksburgUFO 12d ago

“If it doesn’t say Kellogg’s® on the box, it isn’t Kellogg’s® in the box” bag boy.

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u/magpye1983 12d ago

And if there’s no box… well, then you’re taking a gamble.

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u/swiftrobber 12d ago

Khajit haz warez

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u/SuperGuitar 12d ago

They'reeeeeeee.....pretty good

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u/Caddy666 12d ago

cut with cornflakes to make them go further

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u/MichaelChinigo 12d ago

This article that OP shared in a comment says his owner was "cabbie Antoine Yates" who "turned the seven-room apartment into a menagerie," but that raises even more questions.

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u/Be_Glorious 12d ago

Like, how does a cabbie afford a seven room apartment in Harlem?

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u/jomandaman 12d ago

I love how everyone is focused more on rent prices in this thread haha

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum 12d ago

I mean, I live in New York City. You expect a tiger or two here and there. Plus Tiger King showed me that any rapey asshole with a few grand can get their hands on a tiger.

But a 7 room apartment...c'MON now.

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u/particle409 12d ago

It's probably railroad style. Lots of converted buildings in Harlem have multiple "bedrooms," but you have to walk through one to get to another.

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u/bluejegus 12d ago

Stayed in a house like that in New Orleans. Was definitely not an ideal scenario having to go through someone's room just to take a shit.

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u/klavin1 12d ago

imagine 6 other people walking through your room all day

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u/FluffyClamShell 12d ago

Rent is slightly easier to understand than WHY IS THERE A FUCKING TIGER living in Harlem?!

Actually, I'm wrong. Rent in Harlem is the bigger mystery here, specifically how mere mortals ever afford it.

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u/jomandaman 12d ago

I’ve been reading more on him and it’s fascinating. Basically if you want a multi room apartment in NYC it’s easy: 1. Move in with your mom, who has said apartment in the projects of Harlem, along with several siblings and children 2. Buy several wild animals as babies, including a Siberian tiger, cougar, lion, and alligator 3. As wild animals grow into large terrifying beasts, family moves out likely in fear 4. Cinch the apartment for yourself (+large animals)

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u/naturalbornkillerz 12d ago

instructions unclear..everybody's dead and i'm currently being eaten alive..where are MY SHOES?

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u/yjvm2cb 12d ago

He lives in the pj’s you can tell by the brick on the building snd the window.

I grew up in the pj’s in the bronx, Brooklyn, and for a brief time in harlem and even though it’s cheap af, it ain’t worth it lol. People be robbin you just taking the elevator lol mad crackheads in the stairwells and shit. It sucks

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u/eobardtame 12d ago

No one even THOUGHT about robbing this guy. You know the whole neighborhood was like "whatever you do stay away from that place dudes got a tiger for real"

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u/Gdav7327 12d ago

Yea I definitely don’t miss them pissy hallways and certain buildings the elevator was out of the question.

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u/MichaelChinigo 12d ago

Precisely.

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u/GreenStrong 12d ago

"Mr. Yates, you're 60 days past due on rent, we're going to start eviction proceedings.

"There's a tiger in there, are you going to evict him?"

"Uuuuuhhhhh... nope."

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u/jomandaman 12d ago

Aww sounds like a sweet cat. I wonder how he got along with the alligator. This Yates guy sounds interesting.

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u/tooheavybroo 12d ago

Three days before, on Sept. 30, Yates walked into Harlem Hospital, seeking treatment for bite wounds he claimed were from a dog. Doctors determined he was mauled by something bigger.

On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming.

Hey, this cut looks a lot bigger than a dog, better go over and check his place out. YIKES

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u/draugotO 12d ago

The roar of a tiger is so powerful that it can literally stun it's target (seriously, look it up), how do you keep THAT a secret?

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u/aattanasio2014 12d ago

According to the Wikipedia page it sounds like it wasn’t really a secret. Other people in the building and neighborhood seemed to be pretty aware of the tiger, but the story was spread to the point where a lot of people thought it was an urban legend or a rumor that got out of control. But the guy even had roommates at one point who lived with the Tiger and his mom had babysat children in the apartment with the Tiger. The dude bought so much raw chicken at the grocery store every day to feed the Tiger that people in the community actively commented about how he could possibly eat so much chicken.

One of the other commenters on here also said that people in the nursing home across the street often saw the Tiger in the window and would tell people about it but never be believed. To me, it seems like a classic case of the New Yorker “mind your own business” mentality.

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u/Stone-Bear 12d ago

Also… it’s a tiger. Where is it peeing and shitting?

How do you hide that smell from your clothes and everything in your house. This dude must have reeked

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u/anddicksays 12d ago

Seriously. I have so many logistical questions about this. Was it raised there from a kitten? How much did it eat? Was it malnourished? Did it get any exercise? Are baby tigers even called kittens?

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u/mobybob 12d ago

Tiger cubs for that last one. As for the rest, no idea

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u/anddicksays 12d ago

Thank you! I could not remember the word lol

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u/alien_bob_ 12d ago

The wiki article says the tiger was fed 20lbs of chicken a day.

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u/killereverdeen 12d ago

Was the man also raising chickens for slaughter

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u/Stone-Bear 12d ago

Right? How did it do anything? Poor thing had to be stir crazy

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u/InEenEmmer 12d ago

Let me tell you, if you have a pet tiger and you are alive, it isn’t malnourished. Or you are never in the same room.

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u/mothzilla 12d ago

Where is it peeing and shitting?

Wherever it wants.

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u/BespokeForeskin 12d ago

A very big litterbox

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u/RexWolf18 12d ago

The entire apartment next door

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u/Villagedrunkinjun 12d ago

this guy tigers..

you don't even have to ask the neighbors to move

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u/Ehhpitome 12d ago

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/nyregion/ming-tiger-harlem-nyc.html

owner built a sandbox apparently and the tiger was most likely trained to use it. I'm also sure he didn't actually live in the apartment the tiger stayed in

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u/tranquil45 12d ago

He did, with roommates!

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u/Nodnarb203 12d ago

oh my god they were roommates

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u/crispygrapes 12d ago

I read about this a while ago, it's the lower range decibles that literally strike fear in you.

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u/IronPeter 12d ago

The source of Low frequencies are notoriously hard to locate

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u/yoscotti32 12d ago

It could make the rubber chicken sound and I'd still shit my pants. It's a tiger!

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u/cewallace9 12d ago

Went to a zoo once and there was a tiger prowling around his enclosure and he let out a growl so loud you could FEEL it in your heart. Crazy.

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u/RexWolf18 12d ago

A tiger’s roar can be heard like, 2 miles away. A lion’s up to 5 miles IIRC. I used to live near a zoo and you could hear them in the night sometimes, it was cool.

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u/Hairy_Kitchen 12d ago

How?? Why??

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u/YoungGirlOld 12d ago

If I remember right. I think the owner also had a small pet cat and the beast went after it. So the pet owner tried to separate the two and got caught in the crossfire. He went to the hospital and tried to say it was a dog. Nobody believed him and things escalated from there

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u/Hairy_Kitchen 12d ago

Absolute madness. I hope the cat didn't get eaten

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u/Please_gimme_money 12d ago

I'm absolutely terrified for the cat

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u/DuvelNA 12d ago

That cat is so damn cute.

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u/FBAHobo 12d ago

That's definitely a thousand yard stare of a cat that's seen some shit.

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u/amidoes 12d ago

I would totally get mauled by a tiger for that cat

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u/Titothelama 12d ago

if it eases your mind at all, this happened in 2003 so that cat is probably long dead even if it lived!

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u/EmbraceGodzilla 12d ago edited 12d ago

The cat lived; however, Ming died in 2019 in the sanctuary he was rescued to. Also, the dude that kept the tiger had a pet alligator residing with him at the same apartment. If I were the cat, I would be worried to even move considering how smart and cautious cats can get.

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u/p0ppa_k 12d ago

Yes, your correct. I know someone who was friends with the owner of Ming and the doctors didn't believe it was a dog bite. I think he said it was a rottweiler or pitbull bite, and the doctors called bullshit and notified the police

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u/YoungGirlOld 12d ago

Not sure what story I would believe more, that it was a dog, or a tiger in a city apartment.

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u/floatingwithobrien 12d ago

...I think this question is more in regards to why is there a tiger in an apartment in the first place, not how did it get discovered...

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u/YoungGirlOld 12d ago

Some people are just cat people

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u/SinopicCynic 12d ago

Right? How do you hide a fucking tiger in an apartment building?

Did it never roar? Was his walking around silent to the neighbor below? Do you not get suspicious that your neighbor eats almost exclusively meat, and enough to feed the entire floor?

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u/Mister_Silk 12d ago

How do you not smell the urine and feces a cat that size must have produced every day?

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u/PrincessFuckFace2You 12d ago

For real! If you've ever been to a zoo or a place like a big cat rescue you learn right away that large animals are... musky. Very stinky.

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u/boomerxl 12d ago

I was lucky enough to be in the room with a sedated tiger at the zoo (she was pregnant and they were doing an Ultrasound, my friend was the tech) and my god, it is a chewable smell. Not entirely unpleasant but I don’t see how anyone could have missed it.

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u/TrailMomKat 12d ago

And their urine (talking about the big cats) gets into your pores in a way that's locked the fuck in, too. Multiple fucking showers later... it's still there. That's the part that puzzles me, too, how did no one smell it?

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u/Noobneedshelp83 12d ago

The answers to all of these questions become clear once you've have had a terrible upstairs neighbor. They can offend each one of your senses in several different ways. Don't ask about taste ...

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u/wai_bother 12d ago

Neighbor: "Hey, man, not trying to be that guy, but the bags of raw meat you've been dragging in have been bleeding all over the hallways....and what's that really deep growl we keep hearing?"

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u/thebadyearblimp 12d ago

At first I was sad but it sounds like the majority of Mings life was pretty good

“For over 15 years, ​he lived here side by side to other rescued big cats, chuffing his salutations to his tiger companions, lounging in the sun, and feeling grass under his paws; all things he couldn’t ​experience in the apartment where he was raised,” Jones said. “We will miss him and cherish our memories of him. Ming was a majestic animal and quite a character. We ​love and honor him.”

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u/Merrick362 12d ago

"On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming."

Imagine being that cop? You know the immediate reaction was "There's a fuckin tiger in there!" Followed by everybody taking turns looking inside.

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u/Jbroy 12d ago

just the fucking smell of that apartment must have been atrocious. Big cat piss is the worst!

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u/Haseeng 12d ago

The sedated tiger, named Ming, and a 3-foot caiman alligator were removed from the building...

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u/justsomepaper 12d ago

Oh thank fuck. From the picture, I thought they shot him.

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u/HitlersSpecialFlower 12d ago

And the URL which reads "ming tiger dead"

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u/PM_meLifeAdvice 12d ago edited 12d ago

I really want to know how a cab driver in Harlem affords a 7-room apartment and a Bengal tiger. This dude is either the world's best cabbie and swimming in tips, or he has one hell of a side-hustle.

I'm not familiar with the tiger cub market, but I'm guessing they cost a bit more than a Tabby.

Edit: Mike Tyson's white tigers cost him around $100,000 per year just to feed them. Even if this guy was going the Tiger King way and feeding them expired Walmart bologna, there's no way his only job was driving cab.

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u/Hippletwipple 12d ago

Being able to afford a tiger on a seemingly average wage and wanting to own a tiger?

Massive drug dealer vibes.

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u/Onelimwen 12d ago

According to the article he also had an alligator in that apartment, raising either of those animals by themselves would cost a lot of money I can’t imagine having both a tiger and an alligator

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u/SolventSnake 12d ago

Blocked in the UK… any copy and paste homies in here?

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u/SufficientDocument6 12d ago

'He deserved some peace’: Ming the Tiger, famously rescued from a Harlem apartment in 2003, has died

Ming, the magnificent tiger who was famously rescued from a Harlem apartment in 2003, has died in an Ohio animal sanctuary.

The Siberian-Bengal tiger hybrid lived most of his life at the Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary after police rescued him from the apartment of cabbie Antoine Yates.

He died at age 19 of kidney and heart failure on Feb. 4, the sanctuary’s owner, Ellen Karnofel, confirmed Tuesday.

“It was just time to let Ming go,” Karnofel said.

Ming was cremated and interred at a quiet ceremony at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery April 20.

“I wanted to keep him very private because Ming was private,” Karnofel said. "He had this big spectacle of when he was rescued and brought here. He deserved some peace.”

Police pulled Ming from the Drew Hamilton Houses after a wild standoff on Oct. 3, 2003.

His owner turned the seven-room apartment into a menagerie, complete with an alligator named Al, and several other animals. Three days before, on Sept. 30, Yates walked into Harlem Hospital, seeking treatment for bite wounds he claimed were from a dog. Doctors determined he was mauled by something bigger.

On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming.

Wildlife experts joined the exotic scene, and Emergency Service Unit officer Martin Duffy rappelled down a rope from the seventh floor to shoot the 400-pound tiger with a tranquilizer dart. Yates spent three and a half months in jail for reckless endangerment.

Authorities placed Ming at Noah’s Lost Ark that SAME year.

“He lived a really good life here,” Karnofel told the Daily News. “He was able to run and play on the grounds. He had tiger friends. He had a swimming pool. He was able to experience the elements.”

His personality varied from happy to annoyed — like a typical tiger, she said — but it took about 10 years before the sanctuary decided to let the public visit him.

“I just thought it would give him some enrichment. He enjoyed watching people,” he said.

Photographer Henry Jones said Ming was “frightened and confused” when he first came to the sanctuary in 2003.

“For over 15 years, ​he lived here side by side to other rescued big cats, chuffing his salutations to his tiger companions, lounging in the sun, and feeling grass under his paws; all things he couldn’t ​experience in the apartment where he was raised,” Jones said. “We will miss him and cherish our memories of him. Ming was a majestic animal and quite a character. We ​love and honor him.”

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u/shoreyourtyler 12d ago

This is also the album cover for Shrines by Armand Hammer- Bitter Cassava is my fav slap on there

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u/weed-was-consumed 12d ago

I was wondering why this imaged looked so damn familiar

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u/Nak125 12d ago edited 12d ago

I have a cougar at home and a similar thing happens to me often. Any time someone knocks on my door, she tries to pounce. Scares the living shit out of them.

I’ve tried telling her to knock it off, but she’s my mom so what can I do.

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u/RussMaGuss 12d ago

Got me in the first half you son of a bitch lol

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u/Sascha_pugar 12d ago

Billy woods

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u/Overseer05-13 12d ago

Armand Hammer - cover of shrines!

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u/tron7 12d ago

Your mind the greatest weapon but your heart the biggest target

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u/BeanCulture 12d ago

this is the second billy woods album cover I've seen posted on reddit. The hiding places cover is posted once or twice a year

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u/MaximumSubtlety 12d ago

If that tiger can make it here, he can make it anywhere.

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u/RainmaKer770 12d ago

In New York you can be a new man!

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u/JubilantFire 12d ago

I saw the article title and the gun the man is holding and thought that the tiger was killed. Glad to hear it lived a long life in an animal sanctuary and only died two years ago.

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u/ClassicMonster 12d ago edited 12d ago

Armand Hammer - Shrines

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u/PandaYoshi 12d ago

I feel horrible for the tiger...imagine having to live in an environment where you can barely walk around when you’re suppose to have hundreds of acres of running space

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u/Horskr 12d ago

Luckily from the article OP put in the comments, he was rescued (what the pic is from) at 3 years old and lived in an animal sanctuary with other tigers for the rest of his life. He passed away at 19 in 2019 at the sanctuary.

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u/jammytomato 12d ago

In NYC, the rats are so big you need tigers for pest control

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