“Doc” Bhagavan Antle, the self-styled guru who rose to prominence for his role in the popular Netflix docuseries Tiger King, was arrested by FBI agents in South Carolina on Friday, June 3.
According to sheriff records, Antle, who was a magician before opening his first private zoo and now owns and operates Myrtle Beach Safari, which features big cats and other endangered species, is being held on unspecified charges.
Antle’s arrest is his latest run-in with the law, following his indictment in late 2020 on wildlife trafficking, animal cruelty, and other charges. The indictment followed a months-long investigation by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s Animal Law Unit.
Two of Antle’s daughters were also charged with Endangered Species Act cruelty to animals as a result of the indictment.
In addition to Antle’s legal woes, accusations of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior, much of it from women both previously employed and romantically engaged with Antle, led him to earn his own Tiger King spinoff documentary, released in 2021.
Activists cheered his latest arrest in a statement to The Post. A statement released by Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action, read;
“We applaud the Dept. of Justice and FBI for arresting Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle, a longtime scoundrel engaged in the egregious and inhumane trade of dangerous big cats.
“Irresponsible breeding, inhumane living conditions, and public exploitation is a serious problem in the U.S., and caging these wild animals also presents a threat to human health and safety.”