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'Fatal Attractions' -- Man Keeps a Huge Tiger in His Apartment, Man Gets Mauled (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 12:15AM
'Fatal Attactions' -- Man Keeps a Huge Tiger in His Apartment, Man Gets MauledHaving a pet in a small apartment can be troublesome. But additional problems can result when the pet is ... a 500-pound tiger. The premiere of 'Fatal Attractions' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet) follows the lives of people who bring wild animals into their homes. One of the show's participants decided to adopt a tiger: The whole thing went really really badly -- and the man was nearly killed.

Antoine Yates was always obsessed with exotic animals. Yates grew up in the New York ghetto and had a very difficult childhood. To escape the violence around him, he transformed his apartment into a so-called "Eden," filling it with exotic animals. And the most troublesome pet was his enormous Bengal tiger "Ming." When Antoine adopted Ming, he was just a tiny cub. But by the time Ming was 2 years old, the tiger was ... well, huge and totally out of control . Antoine had to throw raw chickens into Ming's room, opening the door just a crack to avoid being mauled.

As you would totally expect, things got worse from there. Antoine was attacked by his pet. In order to deal with Ming, the police had to rappel down the side of the apartment building, and shoot the tiger with a tranquilizer dart.

On the new 'Fatal Attractions,' we see Antoine's brother Aaron discuss meeting his sibling's "pet" for the first time. All Aaron knew was that Antoine had something "remarkable" in his apartment. Aaron showed up at his brother's home, and opened the door to a room. Then he saw the eye of a tiger -- a bright gleaming orb "the size of a pool ball" -- staring out at him ... The whole story is pretty shocking and remarkable. It's also a good reminder that wild animals are called "wild" for a reason, and shouldn't be underestimated.

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