Tiger King's head zookeeper Erik Cowie says Joe Exotic should not be a free man: 'He's gonna die in prison – good riddance'

Tiger King’s head zookeeper Erik Cowie says Joe Exotic should not be a free man: ‘He’s gonna die in prison – good riddance’


Tiger King's head zookeeper Erik Cowie says Joe Exotic should not be a free man: 'He's gonna die in prison – good riddance' 1

Erik Cowie, one of the stars of Netflix documentary Tiger King, has hit out at Joe Exotic in a brand new aftershow.

The streaming service has released The Tiger King and I, an aftershow episode showing Joel McHale interview people from the series.

First up to speak on the special – from coronavirus lockdown – was head zookeeper Cowie, who refused to hold back when the subject of Joe Exotic arose.


After admitting he is yet to watch the series, he opened up about his regrets working with the eccentric tiger trader, claiming that he feels guilty after being instructed to put down animals for no good reason.

“It’s been in the back of my head,” he said. ”I think about it a lot – a lot of time when we put cats down, they used me because just my appearance or my voice [meant] I could get a cat up the side of the cage where we can dart it and tranquilise it.

“Those cats trusted me up until the end. Sometimes, I swear they’re like ‘Dude you let me down’”

When McHale asks if the tiger was always put down for medical reasons, Cowie hesitates, adding: “Hmm – you would think. But no.”

He had stronger opinions on exotics prison sentence, which he’s serving for hiring someone to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin as well as for putting down tgers to make room for more animals at his oklahoma reserve.

After being asked if he thinks Exotic should be released, Cowie said: “No. Not no, but f*** no.”

He added, with a laugh: ”Twenty-two years doing federal time – that guy’s gonna die in there. Good riddance.”

The Tiger King and I is available to stream on Netflix now


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