Entertainment Tiger King’s Kelci 'Saff' Saffery Stars in Personal Injury Commercial: 'I Had to Relearn to Live'
'Tiger King': Joe Exotic Loses Zoo to Carole Baskin In Court Ruling
Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue was given control of the zoo in Oklahoma on Monday in lieu of payment of a $1 million trademark judgment. Courthouse News reports that Baskin's Big Cat Rescue successfully proved to a U.S. District judge in Oklahoma City that Exotic (real name Joe Maldonado-Passage) fraudulently transferred the zoo properties to his mother Shirley M. Schreibvogel in 2011 in order to keep the properties out of the reach of creditors if he lost his long-running legal battles with the Florida-based animal sanctuary.
's Kelci "Saff" Saffery has partnered with Georgia-based law firm Bader Scott to raise awareness about the impact of personal injury at work. In a new commercial, he opens up about his own traumatic experience losing his arm while working for .
, Saffery described what was "a typical Saturday morning" when he came in to work and began "cleaning and feeding" the big cats just like he would every morning.
Tiger King's Joe Exotic Says He 'Misses and Loves' Husband in Letter: 'I'm Coming Home Somehow'
The former zookeeper — currently serving a 22-year prison sentence — married Dillon Passage in December 2017On Thursday, the Josh Belcher Uncharted Podcast shared a new letter sent reportedly by the former zookeeper, who was the subject of the popular Netflix docuseries Tiger King. At the end of the open letter (which was penned on May 21), Maldonado-Passage, 57, reaches out to husband Dillon Passage, saying he "misses and loves" him.
However, that day in 2013 took a turn for the worse when he was attacked by one of the tigers after sticking his hand into the cage instead using one of the proper tools.
"The tiger showed me what it was made of," Saffery recalled.
The injuries he sustained required extensive therapy and years worth of reconstructive surgery, with no real confirmation that his hand would regain its full function and capability.
"Hearing all of that ... and knowing my situation, I decided to amputate," Saffery explained in the commercial. "I had to relearn to live with just one hand, compared to the two I was used to for almost 30 years."
"It was rough for me, for a little bit. I had to learn everything all over again, small things that you don't consider, like tying your shoes, buttoning your pants, putting on a T-shirt, getting ready in the morning became an obstacle," he said.
‘Tiger King’ Songwriter Shares New Song ‘Killer Carole’ After Scoring Record Deal
The man responsible for the music of “Tiger King” has just scored a new record deal. Vince Johnson’s songs from the Netflix series will be turned into an album, as part of his deal with BMG Rights Management and Create Music Group. Johnson originally became involved with “Tiger King” after responding to an ad byVince Johnson's songs from the Netflix series will be turned into an album, as part of his deal with BMG Rights Management and Create Music Group.
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Not only did everyday tasks become more difficult to complete, but Saffery's injury also affected his employment prospects.
"My job options are definitely more narrow; there's a lot of jobs that I just physically cannot do," he said.
While Saffery was able to return to his job at the park after recovering from his surgery, he noted that "a lot of American's don't have that privilege," and touched on the importance of seeking worker's compensation if needed.
"I would encourage and I would hope that people aren't sitting around wondering, 'What should my next move be?' It should always be to consider the next move that is best for yourself," he said. "Your injuries are permanent, they are life-long, and your job is not."
Band Behind ‘Tiger King’ Music Lands Publishing Deal, Releases New Carole Baskin Song
Looks like the band behind the songs featured in Netflix’s wildly popular “Tiger King” are finally getting their share of the spotlight. Vince Johnson, one half of The Clinton-Johnson Band who wrote and performed the songs Joe Exotic tried to pass of as his own, has officially signed an exclusive worldwide licensing and distribution deal with BMG Rights Management and Create Music Group. The agreement covers such classics as “I Saw a Tiger” and “My First Love.” The deal was signed with entity the Vince Johnson Band, not the Clinton-Johnson Band, as Daniel Clinton, Johnson’s musical partner, died last year of a heart attack.
According to Bader Scott, if an American loses a limb at work due to negligence or at the fault of another, they are entitled to compensation.
In fact, Americans can claim up to $859,000 in for losing an arm in Nevada. Meanwhile, losing an arm in Illinois could see a maximum payout of $439,858, followed by Kentucky at $402,277.
"Accidental injury can bring unforeseen expenses with medical care, expenses and significant damage causing unexpected life disruption. Life may never be the same again, from working ability to simple day-to-day activities," Seth Bader founder Bader Scott said in a statement to PEOPLE.
"As Tiger King was viewed by millions of people it makes Saff one of the most widely recognized incidents of personal injury at work in recent times," he added. "So when we decided we wanted to run a commercial to educate people on this subject, we knew that Saff was the perfect person to work with."
Saffery's experience being mauled by a tiger was featured in the second episode of Tiger King. The popular Netflix docuseries followed Maldonado-Passage, a former country musician, zookeeper, gun enthusiast and big-cat keeper who owned the exotic animal park where Saffery worked.
Tara Reid Denies Rumours She’ll Be Playing Carole Baskin In ‘Tiger King’ Movie On ‘Roz & Mocha’
Tara Reid won’t be going full “Tiger King” on us after all. Rumours have been circulating that the actress will play Carole Baskin in a movie based on the docuseries, starring Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic, and in an interview with Us Weekly she indicated that she was “definitely in major talks.” RELATED: Tara ReidRumours have been circulating that the actress will play Carole Baskin in a movie based on the docuseries, starring Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic, and in an interview with Us Weekly she indicated that she was "definitely in major talks.
The docuseries also shed light on Maldonado-Passage's rivalry with big cat conservationistHe is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence after in 2019 of paying Allen Glover $3,000 to kill Baskin, and for killing tigers to make room for more big cats at his exotic animal park.
He was also found guilty on multiple charges of violating both the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and the Endangered Species Act.
Maldonado-Passagein March against various government agencies, as well as a former business partner Jeff Lowe, seeking $94 million in damages.
ESPY Awards Spoof ‘Tiger King’ To Poke Fun At Tom Brady With The Help Of J.K. Simmons And Eli Manning .
The 2020 ESPY Awards poked fun at Tom Brady with a spoof of “Tiger King” during Sunday’s remote awards show. Releasing a short teaser version of “Tampa King: Football, Florida And Foolishness” on Twitter, the EPSYS recruited Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons to play the role of Rick Kirkman, the former executive producer of Joe Exotic's eccentric wildlife videos. RELATED: Tom Brady And Gisele Bundchen Answer Revealing Questions About Each Other "Tom Brady was like a mythical character," Simmons as Kirkman says. "He destroyed Falcons, Rams, Panthers" he explains as NFL team logos appear on screen before cutting to a shot of a referee, "...