Netflix's latest documentary Tiger King, based on wild cats, has got everyone hooked. But, out of all the wacky storylines on the binge-worthy docu-series, there's one, in particular, that really got us talking: The case of Carole Baskin's missing husband.
Well, it seems that police want the case solved once and for all, and they need your help. This is something you definitely don't want to miss...
The animal kingdom is the home to many majestic creatures...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it has to be said that the most majestic of them all has to be the big cat.
There are many species of big cats all around the world...But there is one in particular that stands out as one of the most beautiful animals out there.
And that is the Bengal Tiger.This beautiful cat is native to the Indian subcontinent, and it is one of the biggest wild cats that are alive today.
They are recognized for their stunning fur...But it is a sad reality that their fur is the thing that makes them such a big target to poachers.
Poaching is one of the most immediate threats to these big cats...
via: Getty ImagesTigers are illegally killed or poached because their pelts (fur) are valuable on the black market. Poaching is directed by increasingly sophisticated and well-armed criminal gangs and is estimated to be worth around $20 billion per year.
Over the last decade...
via: Getty Images1,000 tigers have been killed purely for their fur - that's around twenty percent of all tigers. A heartbreaking statistic that truly impacted the overall population of the big cat.
However, there is a glimmer of hope...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the BBC, the tiger population in India has been consistently growing in recent years, with the figure rising nearly a third from 2,226 to 2,967 from 2014 to 2019.
But we still need to raise more awareness on the issue.
via: YouTubeAnd Netflix has done this in a pretty unique way...
Netflix's docuseries, Tiger King gives us a majestic insight into the wild beasts.
via: YouTubeA 7-part series, it retells the story of a war between a very flamboyant tiger owner named Joe Exotic and his enemy, a Florida-based animal activist named Carole Baskin.
It takes things to a whole new level.
via: YouTubeThe show has already been branded as "bonkers" by viewers but that doesn't mean it isn't binge-worthy.
Who knew there was such a large cult of exotic animal hoarders in the US?
via: YouTubeIt has all of Twitter talking.
"Netflix: let me introduce you to Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin."
Me: I can’t stop thinking about, talking about, or reading about the coronavirus Netflix: let me introduce you to… https://t.co/Pvd7Nlfj7a— Mary (@Mary)1584931163.0
But, amidst the weird and wacky storylines...
via: imdbThere's one that really got people talking: The mystery of Carole's missing husband.
So, what are the facts?
via: imdbWell, on the morning of August 18, 1997, Carole's millionaire husband, Don Lewis, vanished aged sixty. His car was later found at a nearby airport.
The self-made millionaire had helped Carole transform their forty acres of Florida land into the animal sanctuary it is today.
via: TwitterSome of Don's relatives speculated that Carole was involved in his disappearance.
Rumors quickly began circulating that she murdered him and fed him to the tigers.
via: TwitterIn fact, this claim was made by the oldest of Don's 4 children, Donna Pettis, then forty-two, in a 1998 interview with PEOPLE. She claimed that Carole feeding his body to the big cats would be “a perfect scenario to dispose of someone. We were upset that the cops didn’t test the DNA on the meat grinder." Joe Exotic also believes that Carole killed her husband - something he has been pretty vocal about, to say the least.
It was reported that 2 months before he went missing, Don tried to take out a restraining order against Carole, claiming she’d threatened to shoot him.
via: TwitterHe was not granted the order. Carole has repeatedly protested her innocence, and says that any claims made that she fed her husband to the big cats are "ludicrous."
5 years after Don went missing, Carole had him legally declared dead.
via: imdbAnd to this day, nobody has been charged with anything to do with his disappearance.