Yes, I am addicted to Netflix. While I am still working a full day (and beyond) at The Whale, I do take time to chill out, and one of the things that settles me down, is watching Netflix.

Lately, I've been rewatching The Office (which by the way came on the air 15 years ago on March 24th, 2005) along with Parks & Recreation. Yes, I've seen the entire series of both several times, but they still make me laugh.

There are other Netflix series I've binge watched, but I have also watched them a couple times over, while waiting for the new series to debut.

Yesterday (March 24th) I noticed a new documentary had premiered - 'Tiger King.' At first, I didn't give it much thought, but then figured I'd give it a chance. Oh my. It hooked me in within the first minute of the first episode.

The documentary follows a zookeeper from Oklahoma and an animal activist from Florida who both own tigers and lions. The fight between the two gets really intense and out of control. I am glued to this series. So far, I've only gotten through two episodes. It's hard for me to fully explain all the crazy twists and turns, including cult-like environments, polygamy and murder for hire. If you are like me, and enjoy checking out the crazy side of human beings, this documentary is for you.

This documentary got me wondering about big cat and other exotic animal laws in the United States.  According to, in New York State, there are 10 exotic pets you can own, and many you can not.

 When it comes to exotic pets, ‘The Big 5’ are defined as 'wild animals' and are illegal as they are in many states. These animals include bears, primates, big cats, canids, venomous and large reptiles (crocodilians, large constrictor snakes, and large monitor lizards). A lot more animals are legal in New York State, as opposed to New York City, where most animals are illegal. -

As far as the rest of the country is concerned, check out the map of private big cat ownership laws.

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