Caged tiger entertainment at Florida high school prom night prompts outrage

Caged tiger entertainment at Florida high school prom night prompts outrage

Caged tiger entertainment at Florida high school prom night prompts outrage

"How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school", Castellanos wrote in a Facebook post, blaming staff at the all-boys school for the stunt.

The school confirmed that "a lemur, two macaws, an African fennec fox, and a tiger" hired from local wildlife suppliers were briefly displayed at the Welcome to the Jungle prom, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center.

But it was the tiger's presence in particular that sparked an outrage.

A Florida high school principal said he regrets using live animals including a caged tiger as part of a jungle-themed prom.

Maria Castellanos, whose daughter attended Christopher Columbus High School's prom, says she was concerned not only for the safety of the students but for the tiger itself.

In the footage, the tiger could be seen pacing frantically in the small cage with flattened ears - signs that the animal was in distress.

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Ron Magill, a longtime expert of animal behavior and spokesman for ZooMiami, told the Miami Herald Sunday the tiger was "obviously stressed". Exploiting animals for entertainment at parties - that time has passed.

"What if that tiger had gotten out and escaped?"

School administrators defended the school's decision to bring in wildlife and said the hotel approved the visit.

They also added that throughout the event, two police officers were also stationed at the venue, where loud music and fire shows were performed - something that wild animals certainly don't enjoy.

The New York Times reported that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they were aware of the video, investigating the incident, and will determine if the event violated any of the state's captive wildlife rules.

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