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Carole Baskin Has Been Awarded Control Of Joe Exotic's Zoo

Carole Baskin Has Been Awarded Control Of Joe Exotic's Zoo

It could be the biggest twist in the entire Tiger King saga - Carole Baskin (aka Joe Exotic's nemesis) has reportedly been awarded control over Joe's zoo.

The Courthouse News reports that a federal judge has granted Carole - along with her company Big Cat Rescue - full control of the zoo, formerly owned by Joe and more recently under the leadership of Jeff Lowe.

As anyone who has watched the Netflix doc, Tiger King will know, Carole and Joe's feud was played out on screen, with the pair engaging in a long and dramatic rivalry over the course of many years.

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It finally came to a close when Joe was sentenced to 22 years in jail for two counts of murder-for-hire plots against the animal rights activist.

However, before Joe went to prison, Carole had sued him for trademark infringement in 2013 after he repurposed the Big Cat Rescue logo. He was ordered to pay $1million (£800,000) - but these funds were never fully made.

Joe was sentenced to 22 years in jail for two counts of murder-for-hire plots against the animal rights activist (Credit: Netflix)
Joe was sentenced to 22 years in jail for two counts of murder-for-hire plots against the animal rights activist (Credit: Netflix)

Added to that, three years later and Big Cat Rescue also sued Joe's mum, Shirley M. Schreibvogel, for fraudulent transferral of property.

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Now, a District Judge in Oklahoma has ruled that Big Cat Rescue "has sufficiently traced funds to allow for the imposition of a constructive trust."

As well as over 14 acres, Big Cat Rescue has also been awarded a number of cars and cabins on the property.

According to the judge, the current tenant is required to vacate within 120 days and remove all animals from the premises.

The occupant now has 120 days to vacate the property (Credit: Netflix)
The occupant now has 120 days to vacate the property (Credit: Netflix)
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Last week, we told you how John Reinke, the right-hand man of the notorious big-cat owner, claims there are "hundreds of hours" of unseen footage available for a potential second season.

And after this news, it seems there certainly could be even *more* drama to delve into in a second instalment! Here's to hoping we get another season ASAP...

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: tiger king, Life News, Joe Exotic, Celebrity News, Carole Baskin

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Lucy Devine

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