Ex-Tarzan Actor Arrested, Tigers Taken

1 Mar


The actor who played Tarzan in several films has been arrested in Florida after state wildlife officers seized two tigers and a leopard from his home.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said actor Steve Sipek did not have the necessary permits to keep the exotic animals, according to a Florida  television station WPBF.

Sipek said he feels he’s being targeted by wildlife officials.

He said he’s being treated “like I’m a criminal,” even though he said he’s paid his insurance so as not to break the law.

“I have an animal that needs help right now,” Sipek told WPBF. “She needs medication twice a day and they took her away from me now. Who’s going to take care of her now? Who? Who’s going to do it?”

Authorities said there had been repeated failure to correct violations, including multiple bites and escapes, fencing and caging deficiencies, and feeding animals an improper diet.  The animals were taken to a sanctuary in central Florida.

Sipek starred as the title character in several Tarzan movies through 1972. He made headlines in 2004 after one of his tigers escaped from his property and was shot to death.

This is what he used to look like….

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