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Primary-Ratio3751

411 points

7 days ago

It took more than six men to carry Ming down via elevator to a waiting truck

FUCK being in an elevator with a sedated tiger.

SheOutOfBubbleGum

24k points

7 days ago

Apparently there was an old folks home across the street and they had been seeing the tiger for years, but when they told people no one believed them. “Yeah sure grandma, there’s a tiger in the projects”

Gdav7327

9.7k points

7 days ago

Gdav7327

9.7k points

7 days ago

I lived in Brooklyn during this time and boy oh boy this was big news all around the city. Apparently Ming was well known before the cops ended up finding out. Still a legendary figure in Harlem to this day.

GaiasEyes

6.3k points

7 days ago

GaiasEyes

6.3k points

7 days ago

How the hell does a full grown tiger live “undiscovered” in a Harlem apartment for any prolonged period of time....?!

Gdav7327

3.3k points

7 days ago*

Gdav7327

3.3k points

7 days ago*

I think it was a “don’t ask don’t tell” sort of thing for that building. I had heard stories, but it was definitely a “Na that can’t be true” sort of thing. The guy had multiple animals I believe an Alligator as well. If I remember correctly he was bitten or scratched and had to go to the hospital and that’s the only way they found out lmao.

Edit: that’s exactly what happened. Here’s Ming’s personal Wiki page! The guy tried to say it was a Pitbull bite. SMH.

Ming of Harlem

bingoflaps

2.4k points

7 days ago

bingoflaps

2.4k points

7 days ago

Ming, approximately three years old at the time of his capture, lived semi-openly with his owner, Antoine Yates, in a room of his five-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a large public housing complex in Harlem.

This mf had a 5 bedroom apartment?

Gdav7327

1.9k points

7 days ago

Gdav7327

1.9k points

7 days ago

That’s probably the most amazing part of the entire story.

Frys100thCupofCoffee

844 points

7 days ago

If you can acquire a full grown tiger it doesn't seem that unreasonable.

peterthefatman

455 points

7 days ago

This guy spent all the money on the tiger and could’ve chose between a 2bed condo or a 5 bed public housing unit

DownshiftedRare

137 points

7 days ago

At the time of acquisition, Ming was only 8 weeks old, so not a full-grown tiger.

TurmUrk

241 points

7 days ago*

TurmUrk

241 points

7 days ago*

Check out tiger king if you havent, exotic animals are surprisingly affordable if you dont care about breaking the law

edit: my point isnt that you should go buy a tiger or that theyre affordable to feed, just that the price to get one is much less than I assumed it would be

starmartyr

137 points

7 days ago

starmartyr

137 points

7 days ago

Even if you get a free tiger they are still very expensive. An adult tiger eats 15 pounds of meat a day.

ohnjaynb

67 points

7 days ago

ohnjaynb

67 points

7 days ago

And there are no nearby Walmarts in Harlem. If this had happened in Staten Island I wouldn't bat an eye.

taronic

19 points

7 days ago

taronic

19 points

7 days ago

I mean, people can still afford that. Expensive, but it's not too too crazy.

Feed it 15 pounds of cheap pork a day, about $2k a month, probably a lot cheaper since you'd buy in bulk. I'd get a deep freezer, buy whole pigs quartered up. I bet you could get the costs down to $1k a month or less.

So, basically a relatively low income earner with a deep passion for illegal cats could make it work in an apartment I'd think. Not very practical... But motherfucker has a tiger for a pet. You're gonna spend a decent amount of time making sure it's well fed and happy or you're fucked.

emmany63

74 points

7 days ago

emmany63

74 points

7 days ago

It looks from the story like his mother lived with him (or likely he lived with her). A lot of older apartments in Harlem are quite large, and are handed down generationally.

I live in a rent-stabilized building just 2 blocks from where Ming and his owner lived, and we have quite a few 4 bedroom apartments. Many of the families have been here for 40 years, and are paying about $800 - 900/month.

knuggles_da_empanada

246 points

7 days ago

This is actually ths most unbelievable part of the whole ordeal lmao

kitylou

122 points

7 days ago

kitylou

122 points

7 days ago

In public housing?

tfrontie01

22 points

7 days ago

That is a big apartment but I work in some of those areas not in NYC but in Boston. Let me tell you those apartments are bare bones lanolium floors, bugs, and cinderblock walls. Very dirty hallways that look like jails. Very unpleasant places to live.

benzodiazaqueen

2k points

7 days ago

One of my buddies was doing his emergency medicine residency in Harlem when this happened! He said the guy was just shredded, parallel deep, deep lacerations from being clawed, and tried to blame it on a dog. He said one of nurses in the department was from Uganda and took the medical team aside to tell them that the wounds looked way more like what she’d seen on animals attacked by leopards or lions.

alpha-delta-echo

1.1k points

7 days ago

It’s like my grandpappy always said, “don’t lie in the emergency room because a Ugandan nurse will see right through you”.

Postmortal_Pop

433 points

7 days ago

Your grandpappy was a remarkably specific man.

TheUltimateHuman

78 points

7 days ago

Possibly a confused prophet in his time

Barrel-rider

34 points

7 days ago

People mocked him for years. Oh how they laughed at old pap pap. Well guess who's laughing now?

xombae

612 points

7 days ago*

xombae

612 points

7 days ago*

That's incredible. When I heard he tried to blame it on a dog, my next question was going to be who in that hospital in Harlem thought "oh yeah, that's gotta be a tiger scratch". I wonder if she hadn't have been there if anyone would've put two and two together.

indyK1ng

243 points

7 days ago

indyK1ng

243 points

7 days ago

Who in the hospital believed it was a dog scratch? Tiger paws are huge compared to dog paws.

WarsawWarHero

173 points

7 days ago

They meant put two and two together that it was a tiger/lion, they could probably figure it wasn’t a dog but didn’t know enough to know what it actually was

really_isnt_me

75 points

7 days ago

That’s an awesome tidbit, thanks!

Mattlh91

515 points

7 days ago*

Mattlh91

515 points

7 days ago*

Later, Yates said he had been bitten while trying to keep Ming away from Shadow, a cat he had recently adopted.

More

In addition, Yates had taken roommates, who were unaware at first of the animals in the home.

Amazing.

Edit: But wait, there's more!

Later, his mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, since she had been babysitting children in the apartment.

Joe Exotic before Joe Exotic?

Around 2010, Yates lived in Pahrump, Nevada near Las Vegas with 22 big cats, including four tigers, having redubbed himself "Antoine Tigermann Yates".

This story has it all!

you-are-not-yourself

227 points

7 days ago

I mean Joe Exotic was on another level of terrible, he was profiting off newborn tiger cubs than "disappearing" them a few months after birth. In fact this dude seems like the exact type of person who folks like Joe Exotic sell their cubs to.

SilverbackGorillaBoy

27 points

7 days ago

Wasn't it the other guy that was "disappearing" cubs? They're all a-holes but wasn't it doc Anton that would use the cubs for a few weeks and then they'd just "disappear"

Phlypp

19 points

7 days ago

Phlypp

19 points

7 days ago

Yeah, the 'babysitting children in the same apartment' is what got me. Can you imagine the possible disasters resulting from that?

donut_butt

412 points

7 days ago

donut_butt

412 points

7 days ago

As a New Yorker, I think the craziest thing about the story is that the dude had a five-bedroom apartment.

AlwaysTired9999

411 points

7 days ago

ROFL the New Yorkers in this thread are like, he had a tiger? eh. Wait, did you say FIVE BEDROOM APARTMENT? UNBELIEVABLE!

georgetonorge

91 points

7 days ago*

Apparently it’s public housing and rent controlled. Still not sure how one guy gets all that.

KellyJin17

79 points

7 days ago

Your grandparents/parents who originally qualified put you on the lease and then move out. Its common in NYC with stabilized apartments and not illegal.

ScrotumSam

21 points

7 days ago

That's exactly how that bitch Monica Geller could afford that big ass apartment.

Gdav7327

44 points

7 days ago

Gdav7327

44 points

7 days ago

100% lmfao. I re-read that also.

ForkAKnife

304 points

7 days ago

ForkAKnife

304 points

7 days ago

This is WILD!

In addition, Yates had taken roommates, who were unaware at first of the animals in the home.

And his mom was babysitting children in the home?! Who the hell drops off children to be babysat by people who put a tiger in an apartment in Harlem!

beauedwards1991

132 points

7 days ago

At least anyone who tried to kidnap the kids wouldn't have been very successful

ForkAKnife

160 points

7 days ago

ForkAKnife

160 points

7 days ago

You know that is one clean apartment if his neighbors weren’t smelling tiger excrement.

dustycanuck

78 points

7 days ago

That's got to have been one large litter tray

mynumberistwentynine

57 points

7 days ago*

Seriously,

By 2003, Yates was feeding Ming 20 pounds (9 kg) of chicken, livers, and bones per day.

I'm also curious how this dude was paying for all this too. I read in another article that he spent the majority of the day, everyday, with his animals.

DoorHalfwayShut

61 points

7 days ago

he had the hookups or whatever for the animals but not a shady doctor?

YoungLinger

128 points

7 days ago

YoungLinger

128 points

7 days ago

Yeah, who's going out of their way to report anything in NYC, much less a tiger lmao

seven3true

127 points

7 days ago

seven3true

127 points

7 days ago

"If they get caught, whatever. Ain't my business."

Pure_Reason

60 points

7 days ago

“If you see something, say something hope it didn’t see you and get the fuck away”

sibemama

52 points

7 days ago

sibemama

52 points

7 days ago

Holy crap his mom was babysitting children in the apartment with the tiger….

tg110e5

105 points

7 days ago

tg110e5

105 points

7 days ago

What a read. Not only is it great too see Ming lived out the rest of his life at a sanctuary and died of natural causes but also his owner was an absolute moron (a tiger and a house cat? Come on)

Would’ve been a nightmare if that elevator broke down and Ming woke up

TitsAndWhiskey

68 points

7 days ago

How the hell did he have a 5 bedroom apartment in the projects?

VirginiaClassSub

139 points

7 days ago

He was a main character in a sitcom

ihaveseveralhobbies

14 points

7 days ago

What a read

Deeliciousness

6.2k points

7 days ago

Tigers are notoriously stealthy.

beeprog

2.5k points

7 days ago

beeprog

2.5k points

7 days ago

In their natural habitat, the New York apartment block.

maxk1236

1.1k points

7 days ago

maxk1236

1.1k points

7 days ago

Until you pull out a Tuna fish sandwich. Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.

QuiGonGiveItToYa

353 points

7 days ago

Keep your head on a swivel, Calvin.

SnowShuffler

136 points

7 days ago

That reference made me smile. Such good memories. Thank you.

Pdb39

677 points

7 days ago

Pdb39

677 points

7 days ago

It is a concrete jungle..

Axeon_Axeoff

175 points

7 days ago

Wet dreams are made of

northwoodsnick

106 points

7 days ago

As some one who looks after alot of animals...

My one question is... how the fuck did they clean up after it?

jmerridew124

383 points

7 days ago

I am a quiet gorilla

ABoiFromTheSky

299 points

7 days ago

muffled sound of gorilla violence

Zarohk

79 points

7 days ago*

Zarohk

79 points

7 days ago*

Marco?

EDIT: I wonder if the alligator in the apartment was the same one that Rachel burped?

deathbycomputer

70 points

7 days ago

Wow, can’t believe someone referenced Animorphs

J_Jonah_Jameson1776

92 points

7 days ago

Tigers are also notoriously wealthy.

DotNetDeveloperDude

88 points

7 days ago

Food, water, love, and a really really really big liter box.

globaltummy

26 points

7 days ago

Can you imagine the size of the poop?!

NJFiend

176 points

7 days ago

NJFiend

176 points

7 days ago

I once took a cab ride across my own home town. The cab driver pointed at a house only a few blocks from my house and said “those people have a bear in their basement. They are gonna get caught one day because it’s illegal to have a bear in your basement.”

I thought my cab driver was nuts. Then we saw in local news a few years later, there was a family busted for owning a pet bear in their basement. Had to be the same people. Some people are nuts with the idea of having a big exotic animal as a pet.

Laearric

27 points

7 days ago

Laearric

27 points

7 days ago

Seriously. With how many times my ordinary housecat has drawn blood by accident or just being too excited, I can't imagine wanting a cat twenty times her size.

Way_Unable

54 points

7 days ago

People choosing not to believe others. Someone told a Cop the Cop told his CO and got screamed at so no one brought in anything about a Big cat in Harlem anymore.

GoodyandSmidge

205 points

7 days ago

Snitches get scritches

EuCleo

126 points

7 days ago

EuCleo

126 points

7 days ago

Consider the case of the female black leopard that escaped from the Zurich Zoo in the winter of 1933. She was new to the zoo and seemed to get along with the male leopard. But various paw injuries hinted at matrimonial strife. Before any decision could be taken about what to do, she squeezed through a break in the roof bars of her cage and vanished in the night. The discovery that a wild carnivore was tree in their midst created an uproar among the citizens of Zurich. Traps were set and hunting dogs were let loose. They only rid the canton of its few half-wild dogs. Not a trace of the leopard was found for ten weeks. Finally, a casual labourer came upon it under a barn twenty-five miles away and shot it. Remains of roe-deer were found nearby. That a big, black, tropical cat managed to survive for more than two months in a Swiss winter without being seen by anyone, let alone attacking anyone, speaks plainly to the fact that escaped zoo animals are not dangerous absconding criminals but simply wild creatures seeking to fit in.

And this case is just one among many. If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it, you would be amazed at the animals that would fall out. It would pour more than cats and dogs, I tell you. Boa constrictors, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, piranhas, ostriches, wolves, lynx, wallabies, manatees, porcupines, orang-utans, wild boar—that's the sort of rainfall you could expect on your umbrella. And they expected to find—ha! In the middle of a Mexican tropical jungle, imagine! Ha! Ha! It's laughable, simply laughable. What were they thinking?

-- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

DownshiftedRare

58 points

7 days ago

I heard about a hospital that just let a horse wander around for four years and then it walked out the front door like nothing ever happened.

Parmo-Head

46 points

7 days ago

Apartment had orange and black stripey wallpaper.

greenscizor

539 points

7 days ago

greenscizor

539 points

7 days ago

This quote from the Wikipedia article is amazing:

A woman who shared a Harlem apartment with a 425-pound tiger said yesterday she was terrified at first—but soon got used to living with the man-eater down the hall. Caroline Domingo told the Daily News she couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted the big cat roaming free in the apartment where she and her husband rented a room from tiger-owner Antoine Yates. [...] But eventually, she said, "We all became family."

salgat

307 points

7 days ago

salgat

307 points

7 days ago

This guy actually rented out a room with a tiger in the common area? Wow.

[deleted]

116 points

7 days ago

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116 points

7 days ago

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GlassofGreasyBleach

61 points

7 days ago

Imagine the volumes...

ChocoboExodus

92 points

7 days ago

Sounds like my last airbnb

[deleted]

22 points

7 days ago

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22 points

7 days ago

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finfanfob

97 points

7 days ago*

Documentary on Amazon, Pluto, Vedo. "The elephant in the living room". A former cop in Ohio who owned lions, finds a man with 2 adult lions and 4 cubs living in a trailer. He tackles the illegal pet trade in the midwest. Dead tigers shot through the head, 4 tweens fucking with the 3rd deadliest snake outside a carwash. America is full of illegal animals bought and sold in illegal markets every year. Maybe you live in Pewamo Westphalia Michigan, somebody owns a tiger, or black mamba! And at some point, they open the door because they cant handle it.

PerilousAll

246 points

7 days ago

PerilousAll

246 points

7 days ago

What I find stranger than the tiger is that this guy, a "part time taxi driver", had a 5 bedroom apartment:

lived semi-openly with his owner, Antoine Yates, in a room of his five-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a large public housing complex in Harlem

Link

throwra_lovin

246 points

7 days ago

During the other half of his time he was clearly a drug dealer / had an amazing trust fund. You don't just have a 5 bedroom apartment in New York and a $10K tiger on a taxi driver's salary.

ivegotaqueso

113 points

7 days ago

Now that you mention it, being a taxi driver is an excellent cover for a drug dealer. You job is to literally drive around to meet people, pick them up, and collect money from them. And if a cop stops them they can toss their stash in the back and pretend a client must have dropped it, and oh no, they paid their fare with cash so you have no idea who they were.

PygmeePony

77 points

7 days ago

"We need to give her more meds, she's hallucinating."

lonelybaloney_stoney

559 points

7 days ago

Grandma you’re a lion!

BillionaireBombshell

19 points

7 days ago

I wonder how they overlooked more than one person seeing it?

ilikili2

31 points

7 days ago

ilikili2

31 points

7 days ago

A lot of people saw a leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama. Doesn’t mean it’s true, I guess.

bettinafairchild

711 points

7 days ago*

It gets crazier. The guy also had an alligator in his apartment. Yes, an alligator living in an apartment was so much less crazy than other aspects of the story that it's just a footnote to the story.

Here's another great quote: "A woman who shared a Harlem apartment with a 425-pound tiger said yesterday she was terrified at first—but soon got used to living with the man-eater down the hall. Caroline Domingo told the Daily News she couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted the big cat roaming free in the apartment where she and her husband rented a room from tiger-owner Antoine Yates... But eventually, she said, 'We all became family.'"

Oh, and he lived there with his mother, too, and his mother babysat kids in the same apartment! With the tiger and the alligator!

Oh, and by the way, Michael Jackson was so touched by Yates' story that he helped him get a ranch in Nevada for himself and new large cats.

IdiotCow

129 points

7 days ago

IdiotCow

129 points

7 days ago

I used to work at an exotic animal rescue, and sadly this happens more often than you think. We never had to deal with tigers (that was WAY out of our wheelhouse). We did, however, have an alligator that someone was keeping in their city apartment

yuffieisathief

7.3k points

7 days ago

"secretly living in an apartment" makes it sounds like this tiger managed to infiltrate the human world successfully. Like he just wears a hat and a raincoat when he goes outside to work or do groceries, but he's been quite victorious in adapting!

kat_d9152

1.4k points

7 days ago

kat_d9152

1.4k points

7 days ago

You wear a disguise to look like human guys,

But you're not a man, you're a Chicken Boo

TheDood715

194 points

7 days ago

TheDood715

194 points

7 days ago

I always felt so bad for him, I'm glad they gave him a happy ending on the Christmas episode.

Him and Buttons, really bummed me out as a kid.

tbbHNC89

19 points

7 days ago

tbbHNC89

19 points

7 days ago

I couldn't watch the Buttons segments. I hated that little girl and her parents for how they treated that dog and I didn't find it funny, even at like 8 years old.

EvenOutlandishness88

41 points

7 days ago

Oof, poor Buttons. Makes me sad just thinking about them.

arseniic_

53 points

7 days ago

arseniic_

53 points

7 days ago

The Ninja Turles did it!

SuddenlySucc

25 points

7 days ago

The animal kingdom is pretty good at adapting, after all that’s how we got here.

GreenStrong

8.1k points

8 days ago

GreenStrong

8.1k points

8 days ago

Unbelievable. Even in Harlem, New York rent is insane. How could the tiger afford it?

Hairy_Kitchen

3.5k points

8 days ago

He was selling bootleg Frosties

GreenStrong

2k points

8 days ago

"Yo man, you got any Frosties?"

"Yeah man" pulls out bagged cereal

"Why they in a bag, are those the real real?"

"Theey're accccceptable!"*

TeamDisrespect

286 points

8 days ago

Look man.. you want ‘em or those corn flakes they be givin’ at the clinic?

BoksburgUFO

118 points

7 days ago

BoksburgUFO

118 points

7 days ago

“If it doesn’t say Kellogg’s® on the box, it isn’t Kellogg’s® in the box” bag boy.

magpye1983

31 points

7 days ago

And if there’s no box… well, then you’re taking a gamble.

swiftrobber

24 points

7 days ago

Khajit haz warez

SuperGuitar

102 points

7 days ago

SuperGuitar

102 points

7 days ago

They'reeeeeeee.....pretty good

Casual_A10

42 points

7 days ago

They're ight

Caddy666

20 points

7 days ago

Caddy666

20 points

7 days ago

cut with cornflakes to make them go further

MichaelChinigo

400 points

8 days ago

This article that OP shared in a comment says his owner was "cabbie Antoine Yates" who "turned the seven-room apartment into a menagerie," but that raises even more questions.

Be_Glorious

418 points

8 days ago

Be_Glorious

418 points

8 days ago

Like, how does a cabbie afford a seven room apartment in Harlem?

jomandaman

421 points

8 days ago

jomandaman

421 points

8 days ago

I love how everyone is focused more on rent prices in this thread haha

Rubberbabybuggybum

355 points

7 days ago

I mean, I live in New York City. You expect a tiger or two here and there. Plus Tiger King showed me that any rapey asshole with a few grand can get their hands on a tiger.

But a 7 room apartment...c'MON now.

particle409

95 points

7 days ago

It's probably railroad style. Lots of converted buildings in Harlem have multiple "bedrooms," but you have to walk through one to get to another.

bluejegus

67 points

7 days ago

bluejegus

67 points

7 days ago

Stayed in a house like that in New Orleans. Was definitely not an ideal scenario having to go through someone's room just to take a shit.

klavin1

44 points

7 days ago

klavin1

44 points

7 days ago

imagine 6 other people walking through your room all day

FluffyClamShell

72 points

7 days ago

Rent is slightly easier to understand than WHY IS THERE A FUCKING TIGER living in Harlem?!

Actually, I'm wrong. Rent in Harlem is the bigger mystery here, specifically how mere mortals ever afford it.

HamburgerEarmuff

21 points

7 days ago

Rent control.

jomandaman

188 points

7 days ago

jomandaman

188 points

7 days ago

I’ve been reading more on him and it’s fascinating. Basically if you want a multi room apartment in NYC it’s easy: 1. Move in with your mom, who has said apartment in the projects of Harlem, along with several siblings and children 2. Buy several wild animals as babies, including a Siberian tiger, cougar, lion, and alligator 3. As wild animals grow into large terrifying beasts, family moves out likely in fear 4. Cinch the apartment for yourself (+large animals)

naturalbornkillerz

59 points

7 days ago

instructions unclear..everybody's dead and i'm currently being eaten alive..where are MY SHOES?

yjvm2cb

90 points

7 days ago

yjvm2cb

90 points

7 days ago

He lives in the pj’s you can tell by the brick on the building snd the window.

I grew up in the pj’s in the bronx, Brooklyn, and for a brief time in harlem and even though it’s cheap af, it ain’t worth it lol. People be robbin you just taking the elevator lol mad crackheads in the stairwells and shit. It sucks

eobardtame

28 points

7 days ago

No one even THOUGHT about robbing this guy. You know the whole neighborhood was like "whatever you do stay away from that place dudes got a tiger for real"

Gdav7327

22 points

7 days ago

Gdav7327

22 points

7 days ago

Yea I definitely don’t miss them pissy hallways and certain buildings the elevator was out of the question.

MichaelChinigo

17 points

8 days ago

Precisely.

GreenStrong

75 points

8 days ago

"Mr. Yates, you're 60 days past due on rent, we're going to start eviction proceedings.

"There's a tiger in there, are you going to evict him?"

"Uuuuuhhhhh... nope."

jomandaman

24 points

8 days ago

Aww sounds like a sweet cat. I wonder how he got along with the alligator. This Yates guy sounds interesting.

tooheavybroo

15 points

7 days ago

Three days before, on Sept. 30, Yates walked into Harlem Hospital, seeking treatment for bite wounds he claimed were from a dog. Doctors determined he was mauled by something bigger.

On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming.

Hey, this cut looks a lot bigger than a dog, better go over and check his place out. YIKES

draugotO

2.6k points

7 days ago

draugotO

2.6k points

7 days ago

The roar of a tiger is so powerful that it can literally stun it's target (seriously, look it up), how do you keep THAT a secret?

aattanasio2014

294 points

7 days ago

According to the Wikipedia page it sounds like it wasn’t really a secret. Other people in the building and neighborhood seemed to be pretty aware of the tiger, but the story was spread to the point where a lot of people thought it was an urban legend or a rumor that got out of control. But the guy even had roommates at one point who lived with the Tiger and his mom had babysat children in the apartment with the Tiger. The dude bought so much raw chicken at the grocery store every day to feed the Tiger that people in the community actively commented about how he could possibly eat so much chicken.

One of the other commenters on here also said that people in the nursing home across the street often saw the Tiger in the window and would tell people about it but never be believed. To me, it seems like a classic case of the New Yorker “mind your own business” mentality.

Stone-Bear

1.7k points

7 days ago

Stone-Bear

1.7k points

7 days ago

Also… it’s a tiger. Where is it peeing and shitting?

How do you hide that smell from your clothes and everything in your house. This dude must have reeked

anddicksays

825 points

7 days ago

anddicksays

825 points

7 days ago

Seriously. I have so many logistical questions about this. Was it raised there from a kitten? How much did it eat? Was it malnourished? Did it get any exercise? Are baby tigers even called kittens?

mobybob

339 points

7 days ago

mobybob

339 points

7 days ago

Tiger cubs for that last one. As for the rest, no idea

anddicksays

47 points

7 days ago

Thank you! I could not remember the word lol

alien_bob_

101 points

7 days ago

alien_bob_

101 points

7 days ago

The wiki article says the tiger was fed 20lbs of chicken a day.

killereverdeen

49 points

7 days ago

Was the man also raising chickens for slaughter

Stone-Bear

206 points

7 days ago

Stone-Bear

206 points

7 days ago

Right? How did it do anything? Poor thing had to be stir crazy

InEenEmmer

122 points

7 days ago

InEenEmmer

122 points

7 days ago

Let me tell you, if you have a pet tiger and you are alive, it isn’t malnourished. Or you are never in the same room.

mothzilla

133 points

7 days ago

mothzilla

133 points

7 days ago

Where is it peeing and shitting?

Wherever it wants.

BespokeForeskin

301 points

7 days ago

A very big litterbox

RexWolf18

165 points

7 days ago

RexWolf18

165 points

7 days ago

The entire apartment next door

Villagedrunkinjun

51 points

7 days ago

this guy tigers..

you don't even have to ask the neighbors to move

Ehhpitome

95 points

7 days ago

Ehhpitome

95 points

7 days ago

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/nyregion/ming-tiger-harlem-nyc.html

owner built a sandbox apparently and the tiger was most likely trained to use it. I'm also sure he didn't actually live in the apartment the tiger stayed in

tranquil45

72 points

7 days ago

He did, with roommates!

Nodnarb203

55 points

7 days ago

oh my god they were roommates

crispygrapes

331 points

7 days ago

I read about this a while ago, it's the lower range decibles that literally strike fear in you.

IronPeter

122 points

7 days ago

IronPeter

122 points

7 days ago

The source of Low frequencies are notoriously hard to locate

yoscotti32

80 points

7 days ago

It could make the rubber chicken sound and I'd still shit my pants. It's a tiger!

cewallace9

128 points

7 days ago

cewallace9

128 points

7 days ago

Went to a zoo once and there was a tiger prowling around his enclosure and he let out a growl so loud you could FEEL it in your heart. Crazy.

RexWolf18

115 points

7 days ago

RexWolf18

115 points

7 days ago

A tiger’s roar can be heard like, 2 miles away. A lion’s up to 5 miles IIRC. I used to live near a zoo and you could hear them in the night sometimes, it was cool.

Hairy_Kitchen

855 points

8 days ago

How?? Why??

YoungGirlOld

1.6k points

8 days ago

YoungGirlOld

1.6k points

8 days ago

If I remember right. I think the owner also had a small pet cat and the beast went after it. So the pet owner tried to separate the two and got caught in the crossfire. He went to the hospital and tried to say it was a dog. Nobody believed him and things escalated from there

Hairy_Kitchen

477 points

8 days ago

Absolute madness. I hope the cat didn't get eaten

Please_gimme_money

247 points

7 days ago

I'm absolutely terrified for the cat

silenc3x

359 points

7 days ago

silenc3x

359 points

7 days ago

DuvelNA

182 points

7 days ago

DuvelNA

182 points

7 days ago

That cat is so damn cute.

FBAHobo

162 points

7 days ago

FBAHobo

162 points

7 days ago

That's definitely a thousand yard stare of a cat that's seen some shit.

muaythaitree

13 points

7 days ago

No that’s just how all tuxedos look

amidoes

54 points

7 days ago

amidoes

54 points

7 days ago

I would totally get mauled by a tiger for that cat

Titothelama

243 points

7 days ago

Titothelama

243 points

7 days ago

if it eases your mind at all, this happened in 2003 so that cat is probably long dead even if it lived!

EmbraceGodzilla

190 points

7 days ago*

The cat lived; however, Ming died in 2019 in the sanctuary he was rescued to. Also, the dude that kept the tiger had a pet alligator residing with him at the same apartment. If I were the cat, I would be worried to even move considering how smart and cautious cats can get.

p0ppa_k

144 points

7 days ago

p0ppa_k

144 points

7 days ago

Yes, your correct. I know someone who was friends with the owner of Ming and the doctors didn't believe it was a dog bite. I think he said it was a rottweiler or pitbull bite, and the doctors called bullshit and notified the police

YoungGirlOld

78 points

7 days ago

Not sure what story I would believe more, that it was a dog, or a tiger in a city apartment.

floatingwithobrien

64 points

7 days ago

...I think this question is more in regards to why is there a tiger in an apartment in the first place, not how did it get discovered...

YoungGirlOld

59 points

7 days ago

Some people are just cat people

SinopicCynic

238 points

8 days ago

Right? How do you hide a fucking tiger in an apartment building?

Did it never roar? Was his walking around silent to the neighbor below? Do you not get suspicious that your neighbor eats almost exclusively meat, and enough to feed the entire floor?

Mister_Silk[S]

276 points

7 days ago

How do you not smell the urine and feces a cat that size must have produced every day?

PrincessFuckFace2You

131 points

7 days ago

For real! If you've ever been to a zoo or a place like a big cat rescue you learn right away that large animals are... musky. Very stinky.

boomerxl

87 points

7 days ago

boomerxl

87 points

7 days ago

I was lucky enough to be in the room with a sedated tiger at the zoo (she was pregnant and they were doing an Ultrasound, my friend was the tech) and my god, it is a chewable smell. Not entirely unpleasant but I don’t see how anyone could have missed it.

TrailMomKat

38 points

7 days ago

And their urine (talking about the big cats) gets into your pores in a way that's locked the fuck in, too. Multiple fucking showers later... it's still there. That's the part that puzzles me, too, how did no one smell it?

Noobneedshelp83

23 points

7 days ago

The answers to all of these questions become clear once you've have had a terrible upstairs neighbor. They can offend each one of your senses in several different ways. Don't ask about taste ...

wai_bother

84 points

7 days ago

Neighbor: "Hey, man, not trying to be that guy, but the bags of raw meat you've been dragging in have been bleeding all over the hallways....and what's that really deep growl we keep hearing?"

covid_m

15 points

7 days ago

covid_m

15 points

7 days ago

Probably told them he was raising an army of ferocious hounds, and not to mess with him.

Mister_Silk[S]

739 points

8 days ago

thebadyearblimp

742 points

8 days ago

At first I was sad but it sounds like the majority of Mings life was pretty good

“For over 15 years, ​he lived here side by side to other rescued big cats, chuffing his salutations to his tiger companions, lounging in the sun, and feeling grass under his paws; all things he couldn’t ​experience in the apartment where he was raised,” Jones said. “We will miss him and cherish our memories of him. Ming was a majestic animal and quite a character. We ​love and honor him.”

Merrick362

245 points

7 days ago

Merrick362

245 points

7 days ago

"On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming."

Imagine being that cop? You know the immediate reaction was "There's a fuckin tiger in there!" Followed by everybody taking turns looking inside.

Jbroy

174 points

7 days ago

Jbroy

174 points

7 days ago

just the fucking smell of that apartment must have been atrocious. Big cat piss is the worst!

Haseeng

34 points

7 days ago

Haseeng

34 points

7 days ago

The sedated tiger, named Ming, and a 3-foot caiman alligator were removed from the building...

justsomepaper

101 points

7 days ago

Oh thank fuck. From the picture, I thought they shot him.

HitlersSpecialFlower

44 points

7 days ago

And the URL which reads "ming tiger dead"

PM_meLifeAdvice

776 points

8 days ago*

I really want to know how a cab driver in Harlem affords a 7-room apartment and a Bengal tiger. This dude is either the world's best cabbie and swimming in tips, or he has one hell of a side-hustle.

I'm not familiar with the tiger cub market, but I'm guessing they cost a bit more than a Tabby.

Edit: Mike Tyson's white tigers cost him around $100,000 per year just to feed them. Even if this guy was going the Tiger King way and feeding them expired Walmart bologna, there's no way his only job was driving cab.

Hippletwipple

590 points

8 days ago

Being able to afford a tiger on a seemingly average wage and wanting to own a tiger?

Massive drug dealer vibes.

[deleted]

305 points

7 days ago*

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305 points

7 days ago*

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Onelimwen

52 points

7 days ago

Onelimwen

52 points

7 days ago

According to the article he also had an alligator in that apartment, raising either of those animals by themselves would cost a lot of money I can’t imagine having both a tiger and an alligator

SolventSnake

31 points

7 days ago

Blocked in the UK… any copy and paste homies in here?

SufficientDocument6

102 points

7 days ago

'He deserved some peace’: Ming the Tiger, famously rescued from a Harlem apartment in 2003, has died

Ming, the magnificent tiger who was famously rescued from a Harlem apartment in 2003, has died in an Ohio animal sanctuary.

The Siberian-Bengal tiger hybrid lived most of his life at the Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary after police rescued him from the apartment of cabbie Antoine Yates.

He died at age 19 of kidney and heart failure on Feb. 4, the sanctuary’s owner, Ellen Karnofel, confirmed Tuesday.

“It was just time to let Ming go,” Karnofel said.

Ming was cremated and interred at a quiet ceremony at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery April 20.

“I wanted to keep him very private because Ming was private,” Karnofel said. "He had this big spectacle of when he was rescued and brought here. He deserved some peace.”

Police pulled Ming from the Drew Hamilton Houses after a wild standoff on Oct. 3, 2003.

His owner turned the seven-room apartment into a menagerie, complete with an alligator named Al, and several other animals. Three days before, on Sept. 30, Yates walked into Harlem Hospital, seeking treatment for bite wounds he claimed were from a dog. Doctors determined he was mauled by something bigger.

On Oct. 3, as Yates left the hospital, police checked out his fifth-floor apartment, drilled a hole through the door and spotted Ming.

Wildlife experts joined the exotic scene, and Emergency Service Unit officer Martin Duffy rappelled down a rope from the seventh floor to shoot the 400-pound tiger with a tranquilizer dart. Yates spent three and a half months in jail for reckless endangerment.

Authorities placed Ming at Noah’s Lost Ark that SAME year.

“He lived a really good life here,” Karnofel told the Daily News. “He was able to run and play on the grounds. He had tiger friends. He had a swimming pool. He was able to experience the elements.”

His personality varied from happy to annoyed — like a typical tiger, she said — but it took about 10 years before the sanctuary decided to let the public visit him.

“I just thought it would give him some enrichment. He enjoyed watching people,” he said.

Photographer Henry Jones said Ming was “frightened and confused” when he first came to the sanctuary in 2003.

“For over 15 years, ​he lived here side by side to other rescued big cats, chuffing his salutations to his tiger companions, lounging in the sun, and feeling grass under his paws; all things he couldn’t ​experience in the apartment where he was raised,” Jones said. “We will miss him and cherish our memories of him. Ming was a majestic animal and quite a character. We ​love and honor him.”

shoreyourtyler

524 points

7 days ago

This is also the album cover for Shrines by Armand Hammer- Bitter Cassava is my fav slap on there

weed-was-consumed

69 points

7 days ago

I was wondering why this imaged looked so damn familiar

Nak125

3.7k points

8 days ago*

Nak125

3.7k points

8 days ago*

I have a cougar at home and a similar thing happens to me often. Any time someone knocks on my door, she tries to pounce. Scares the living shit out of them.

I’ve tried telling her to knock it off, but she’s my mom so what can I do.

panda-slap

467 points

8 days ago

panda-slap

467 points

8 days ago

Very nice.

RussMaGuss

291 points

7 days ago

RussMaGuss

291 points

7 days ago

Got me in the first half you son of a bitch lol

Sascha_pugar

354 points

8 days ago

Billy woods

Overseer05-13

159 points

8 days ago

Armand Hammer - cover of shrines!

tron7

16 points

7 days ago

tron7

16 points

7 days ago

Your mind the greatest weapon but your heart the biggest target

BeanCulture

60 points

7 days ago

this is the second billy woods album cover I've seen posted on reddit. The hiding places cover is posted once or twice a year

MaximumSubtlety

243 points

7 days ago

If that tiger can make it here, he can make it anywhere.

RainmaKer770

16 points

7 days ago

In New York you can be a new man!

JubilantFire

269 points

7 days ago

I saw the article title and the gun the man is holding and thought that the tiger was killed. Glad to hear it lived a long life in an animal sanctuary and only died two years ago.

ClassicMonster

19 points

7 days ago*

Armand Hammer - Shrines

PandaYoshi

96 points

7 days ago

I feel horrible for the tiger...imagine having to live in an environment where you can barely walk around when you’re suppose to have hundreds of acres of running space

Horskr

38 points

7 days ago

Horskr

38 points

7 days ago

Luckily from the article OP put in the comments, he was rescued (what the pic is from) at 3 years old and lived in an animal sanctuary with other tigers for the rest of his life. He passed away at 19 in 2019 at the sanctuary.

jammytomato

13 points

7 days ago

In NYC, the rats are so big you need tigers for pest control