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Tiger King hero and only decent person on the show Saff ‘trusts’ the tiger who tore his arm off more than Joe Exotic 

Josh Milton April 12, 2020
Saff, featured in the Netflix documentary Tiger King

Saff, featured in the Netflix documentary Tiger King. (Netflix)

Tiger King star Saff, who likely suffers back problems from shouldering the weight of the entire show on his shoulders, revealed that he “trusts” the tiger who bit his arm off more than Joe Exotic.

Streaming service Netflix did the Lord’s work Sunday by dropping a follow-up episode called The Tiger King and I.

Aggressively tall actor Joel McHale hosts the aftershow and chats to Tiger King stars, with Saff talking via video-link as the fourth interview.

Alongside discussing the incident, Saff noted that he wasn’t that “bothered” about being misgendered throughout the true-crime documentary, where he was referred to using she/her pronouns throughout.

Saff also said that he has watched the survivance footage of his arm being torn off by a tiger “over and over again” and revealed that it was even used in zoo safety workshops.

Tiger King park manager Saff doesn’t want to see Joe Exotic die in prison.

When McHale asks whether Saff trusts Exotic or the tiger who mauled his left arm off, he replies: “The tiger.

“I never stopped trusting the tiger.”

When asked whether Exotic deserves to carry out his 22-yearslong jail sentence, Saff said: “I think Justice was served.

“But I still don’t wanna see that man die in prison,” he added, a contrast to fellow colleague Erik Cowie who bluntly said that Exotic’s “gonna die” in prison.

Saff: ‘I didn’t really pay [being misgendered] any mind.’

McHale quizzed Saff over whether he was “upset” about being consistently misgendered throughout Tiger King.

He responded: “I don’t think it bothered me as much as it bothered everyone else.

“I didn’t really pay it any mind.”

Saff also explained to McHale that he has “no regrets” about his left arm being mauled by a tiger at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, Oklahoma.

“I know I made the right decision [to have it amputated] when I made it and I would make that decision over and over again.”

Saff said he has watched the footage of the attack “over and over”.

“There was a time and a place where we used it as a safety video,” he explained, noting that it was shown to people considering a career in big cats

More: Joe Exotic, Saff, The Tiger King and I, Tiger King

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