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Pictured: NI man who ran Tiger King-style sanctuary which collapsed in controversy


Norman Elder

THIS is the Co Antrim man who ran a Tiger King-style animal sanctuary which collapsed amid claims he decapitated lion corpses for profit and put kids in danger.

Unlike Joe Exotic from the hit Netflix show, Norman Elder's troubles with the law didn't see him banged up in jail but ended quietly with a secret out-of-court settlement over his eviction by a charity.

The shaggy-looking big cat lover kept a 20-stone pet tiger called Sonya and had a contract with the then Department of Environment (DoE) to care for rescued wild animals at his site at Benvarden near Ballymoney.