Caged tiger at Florida high school prom causes uproar

The senior prom was jungle-themed, then a real wild tiger showed up | Miami Herald

One parent says she was concerned for the students and the tiger.

She slammed the prom's menagerie in a Facebook post, asking, "DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM (sic)?"

A handler is captured on cell phone video wheeling out a caged tiger on Friday as many Miami prom dance attendees from Christopher Columbus High School get out their cell phones to record the moment. The tiger then paced in its cage while performers used fire to entertain prom-goers. "Our prom's most daring special effect was... using dry ice to create smoke wafting out of a volcano".

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, issued a statement concerning the allegations of animal abuse, "Wild animals aren't prom decorations. They don't need to be displayed as objects for our amusement... they don't have voices". He said its ears were perpendicular to its head, in a classic display of stress and agitation amid the loud music and bright lights. "This tiger's not having a party", Ron Magill of Zoo Miami told ABC News.

"The tiger is clearly looking for a way to get out of that situation, it's not hard to interpret that behavior", he said.


Magill said he was shocked the school made a decision to do such a thing and "didn't know what they were thinking". "We know better; we've been educated", he told the Herald.

Some parents in Florida are very upset after learning there was a caged tiger at their kids' high school prom over the weekend. It isn't hard to imagine a teen sticking their hand in the cage or getting close enough to be mauled by the anxious big cat.

As news of the controversial prom entertainment spread, even people unassociated with the school shared their outrage over the matter online. "I've never actually seen a tiger that close. especially in stuff like that". "To bring in exotic animals sounds kind of risky - and definitely unfair to the animals". "Who does this? @EarlyStart", one person wrote. "This is an event to have fun and amusement, but is torturing an animal really considered amusement?" she said.

A lemur, two macaws, and a fennec fox were also used as photo props for the event, school officials confirmed. First of all there's the whole safety thing, and last time we checked an apex predator in a room full of twitchy high schoolers is not exactly safe.

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