Tiger King's Doc Mantle Shared The Stage With Britney Spears At The 2001 VMAs

Daniel Welsh
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Like a lot of people, we spent our weekend glued to the unbelievable new Netflix documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness.

The seven-part true crime series lifts the lid on the weird and wonderful world of tiger-keeping, introducing us to characters like conservationist Carole Baskin, animal trainer Doc Antle and, of course, private zoo operator Joe Exotic, who is currently serving time in prison.

However, it turns out that pop music fans may have already met Doc once before, just without realising.

And that’s because in 2001, he briefly shared the stage with Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards.

During the ceremony, Britney gave one of the most iconic performances of her career, when she gave I’m A Slave 4 U its live debut.

And while the snake wrapped around her shoulders was the moment that caused the most furore in the media, you might also remember that a white tiger was also on the stage.

Of course, you’ve probably worked out who that tiger’s handler was…

Britney shared a cage with a white tiger at the beginning of her performance (Photo: Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)
Britney shared a cage with a white tiger at the beginning of her performance (Photo: Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)
Does the man in the background look a little familiar? (Photo: Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)
Does the man in the background look a little familiar? (Photo: Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)

Yep, that’s Doc.

Tiger King debuted on Netflix earlier this month, and has been sitting at the top of the UK streaming platform’s most-watched shows chart for the last few days.

Doc as seen in Tiger King (Photo: Netflix)
Doc as seen in Tiger King (Photo: Netflix)

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the documentary is the most popular show on TV right now, thanks in no small part to the number of people currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen an increase in Netflix activity.

In fact, last week Netflix faced calls to stop streaming in high-definition, due to the strain being placed on bandwidth while so many people are watching shows online.

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