Boxing: Mike Tyson and his strange relationship with his pet tigers


Dduring his time of greatest fame, Mike Tyson became one of those “nouveau riche” people who make huge amounts of money and invest in expensive exotic things. In his case, he adopted three Bengal tiger cubswhich he lived with directly at his Las Vegas residence.

The tigers were named: Kenya, Storm and Borisand the former boxer decided to adopt them during his time in prison, when he was accused of sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl he met during a beauty contest.

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“I was in jail and one day talking to one of my friends from whom I bought exotic cars, he told me that a friend of his owed him money. And he said, ‘If you don’t pay me money, I’ll take some of these cars and trade them for some animals.’ You said, ‘What kind of animals?’ He said, ‘Horses and things like that. Mike, they also have some nice tigers and lions. If you had one of those, that would be great,'” Tyson said on his Hotboxin podcast in 2021. “I said, ‘Why don’t you order me a couple? I’ll be out in a couple of months.’ So when I got out I came home and I had two puppies.”

A big risk in Mike Tyson’s life

After many years, Iron Mike acknowledged that it was a terrible mistake in his life to live with wild animals that even put his life at risk, but he also detailed what life was like next to a tiger on a day-to-day basis, for example he indicated that he let the felines sleep in his own bed:

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“I was very dumb back then. There is no way to tame these felines one hundred percent, there is no way for that to happen. They kill you by accident, it’s not that they try to do it, they do it by accident, ” Mike Tyson said.

From that point on, Tyson increased his experiences with big cats, including cougars and lions. About their diet, the legendary boxer detailed what they eat.

Mike Tyson’s Tigers’ Diet

“We fed them chicken and horse meat. They eat very slowly. They’re not gluttons, they know that….. They conserve their weight, they eat just enough,” he assured, although he later explained that wasn’t all about the feeding issue. “The worst thing in the world was their damn gas. As they get older they catch on with the punishment and they don’t do it anymore. As soon as they touched the pool, they would defecate.”

She also said she had to put up with their gas from sleeping in the same bed with them, so she had to discipline them to stop.

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