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Posted: May 14, 2018

Jungle-themed prom included real, caged tiger

Parents, Students Upset After Caged Tiger Displayed at Prom

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Jungle-themed prom included real, caged tiger
FILE PHOTO: Tony, a Siberian Tiger, sits in a renovated big cat grotto at the San Francisco Zoo. A Miami high school recently used a live tiger in a cage as part of its prom decor and entertainment.

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

MIAMI —

A prom’s  jungle theme got a little extreme when one of the so-called decorations were live animals, including a tiger.

Christopher Columbus High School held its prom at the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center Friday night, WFOR reported.

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The venue was decorated with jungle-themed decorations and animals in cages, WFOR reported.

The animals included a lemur, macaws, an African fennec fox and the tiger, both WFOR and WPLG reported.

Video of the tiger were posted to social media with complaints that putting the animals on display in that setting was animal cruelty.

The animals were provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-licensed facility and the tiger was approved by both school representatives and hotel officials, WFOR reported.

The school said the tiger was displayed for only a few minutes and was not forced to perform. It also had the handler nearby, WPLG reported.

In a statement posted to the school’s website, the school said that it will be evaluating its policies for planning events.


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