Mike Tyson is known for having a number of unusual products. Among these were several tigers, one of which he had for more than a decade.
He developed a close relationship with Kenya, one of the tigers, before finally giving up. In fact, the two were so unstable that he let him sleep in the bedroom with him.
Mike Tyson used to have several pet tigers
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Tyson raised his tigers as puppies, after ordering them while serving time in prison. He opened up about the purchase in an interview with GQ.
“At one time, I had a pet tiger,” Tyson said. “Her name was Kenya. And she was around 550 pounds. ”
Tyson got the tigers from one of his friends who introduced cars. The friend was considering exchanging cars for exotic animals and managed to get Tyson to buy some for himself, according to Inside.
“I said, ‘Why don’t you order me a twin, I’ll find out in a month or two,’ ‘Tyson recalled. “I was in prison. And so when I found out, I came home, I had two puppies. ”
Tiger Mike Tyson slept in the bedroom with him
Tyson loved his tigers, especially Kenya. He spent a lot of time with her and let her come into his big home. As cunning as he could be, he even let her sleep in the bedroom with him.
“I really liked her,” Tyson told GQ. “I kept her, I slept with her. I kept her in my room. She stayed with me. I had her for 16 years. ”
Mike Tyson had to give up his tiger
Eventually, Tyson had to leave Kenya because she started having health problems related to old age. In addition, she had seriously injured a woman who passed over his property.
“She was a huge monster,” Tyson told GQ. “It simply came to our notice then. It got too old and I had to get rid of it. Her eyes and hip became bad. And besides she tore someone’s arm. ”
His tiger hit a neighbor
For the most part, Tyson’s tigers didn’t cause much trouble. However, things changed when Kenya tied a neighbor over Tyson’s property. The neighbor wanted to play with Kenya, but the tiger was not friendly to strangers.
“Someone jumped over my fence where my tiger was and… started playing with the tiger,” said Tyson. “The tiger didn’t know the woman so there was a bad accident. ”
Her neighbor initially tried to sue for what had happened, but Tyson was not to blame since she had overtaken his building. Nevertheless, Tyson gave the woman a large sum of money after seeing the damage Kenya did to her.
“Listen, when I saw what the tiger did to her … I had a lot of money back then so I gave her $ 250,000, whatever it was, because she was just f—– up,” said Tyson.