Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Caged Tiger at Florida high school prom causes uproar

Caged Tiger at Florida high school prom causes uproar

The principal of the Florida high school who had a jungle themed-prom said he regrets the decision to bring a caged tiger to the dance floor.

"How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school", Castellanos wrote in a Facebook post, blaming staff at the all-boys school for the stunt.

The theme of this year's prom for Christopher Columbus High School students was "Welcome to the Jungle" - and some denizens of the jungle even made an appearance, which caught the attention of some people after cellphone video from the event surfaced.

"Tigers are wild animals".

School officials confirmed that a lemur, two macaws, and a fennec fox were also used as photo props at the dance.

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Ron Magill, a longtime expert of animal behavior and spokesman for ZooMiami, told the Miami Herald Sunday the tiger was "obviously stressed".

"What if that tiger had gotten out and escaped?" I really don't know what they were thinking. "The reason he is pacing up and down and his ears (are) going back is because he is showing you distress". Exploiting animals for entertainment at parties - that time has passed. Furious with the weird move, Castellanos wrote, "Showing its students on prom night who is the "king of the jungle" this poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present, it is not the student fault to be so naive BUT it's the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, therefore they are responsible for this tigers misery".

"Two Miami-Dade Police officers were present the entire time".

The wildlife preserve has a state license to exhibit exotic animals, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into the incident.

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