Joe Exotic’s Great Great Grandad was a Londoner?

WHAT HAPPENED?

Joe Exotic’s Great Great Grandad (possibly) wrestled a tiger in the middle of the street to save the life of a stupid 9 year old boy.

WHEN?

1857, when Victoria ruled and Sheffield F.C. started the World’s first football team.

WHERE?

Down a small alley named Betts Street near Tower Hill.

Before Joe, London had it’s very own Tiger King. In 1857, a tiger escaped from a menagerie around the corner from Tower Hill. Upon its escape, the colourful cat grabbed a 9 year old boy and took off down the street. Now, in fairness to the tiger the 9-year-old was trying to stroke it, which was a stupid idea, but anyway. A man called Charles, possibly Joe Exotics Great, Great Grandfather, wrestled the tiger to the ground to save the day. This all happened on Betts Street near Tower Hill and today you can find a 7-foot bronze statue of the tiger and the boy at Tobacco Dock.

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