Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The Tiger Next Door

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This interesting video is a trailer for a documentary, “The Tiger Next Door,” the story of a man named Dennis Hill who has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard for over 15 years. Hill’s dream is to breed a stripeless white tiger — but at what cost to the animals, and at what risk to the community?


As the film begins, Hill has 24 tigers, 3 bears, 6 leopards and one cougar. But after a surprise government inspection, he loses the license that allowed him to keep exotic animals, and the state of Indiana is threatening to shut him down. As Hill fights to hold on to his tigers over the days and months that follow, “The Tiger Next Door” follows him exploring his motives, his past, and the curious, ethically-murky world he’s created in his backyard. At the same time, the film ranges far beyond Dennis’ animal compound, illuminating the connection between breeders like Hill, and the near-epidemic of wild animal keeping in the United States.

The film also features Joe Taft of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Tim Santel of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Comments

  1. #1 simba
    July 5, 2010

    I know little or nothing about large carnivores like that, but I’d be a tad worried about keeping a fox or large, high-energy dog in a pen that size.

    Also- the pen breaking at the end, is that a one-off or has that happened before?

    Very interesting, thank you!