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The Tiger King of Harlem: Potty Time with POTTYMINTS (Ep. 27)

Good Morning Potty People!

Welcome back to another fantastic episode of Potty Time with POTTYMINTS!

Before we dive into our main story, a quick POTTYMINTS update… 

Thank you all so much for helping us sell out of our “Evergreen & Currant” fragrance – it really means so much to us all here at POTTYMINTS!

That being said… we are so happy announce that Evergreen & Currant is Back in Stock!



TO SHOP NOW: Evergreen & Currant!


Now that we got that out of the way…

Onto this week’s Main Story… Let us all go to Harlem, New York to the apartment of Antoine Yates.

Before the world ever knew about Joe Exotic… Carole Baskins… or any other “Tiger Kings”… there was Antoine Yates


Yates, a New York City Cab Driver, had always been fascinated with animals ever since he was a child… but when he got older, he took that fascination to a whole new level… 

When he turned 31, Yates decided to purchase a 8-Week-Old Male Siberian-Bengal Tiger for $3,500 after forging documents claiming he was a “zoo”. 

Ready for this? For the next… 3 YEARS… Yates raised the tiger, he named “Ming” out of his One Bedroom Apartment, virtually un-noticed…

That is until…

Neighbors became suspicious when they would see Yates buying 20 lbs of Raw Chicken daily 

Neighbors complained about loud growling, scratching and the overwhelming smell of Tiger Urine… (and you think your neighbors are bad…) 

While some older tenants would call the Police to complain, claiming to detect signs of a tiger in the building… the Cops believed that these older people were being senile and making it up!

But these older tenants knew that they were telling the truth! They just needed proof!

That is… until Yates checked himself into the Harlem Hospital Center with bites on his arm and his leg… 

While Yates claimed they were Pitbull bites… it was clear they were not.

What actually happened was… Yates was not only raising Ming out of his apartment…but in the Bathtub of his Bathroom was a Full-Grown Alligator!

According to Yates in later testimony, it appears that the Bengal Tiger got into the Bathroom, and began to attack the Alligator… and Yates with his bare hands separated the two… incurring a few injuries.

The NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit was then called to investigate, and eventually drilled holes through his neighbor's walls and used small cameras to locate Ming.


Once they did, another officer repelled from the roof of the building, with a tranquilizer gun in hand… needless to say, Ming was not happy!

Ming roared at the officer, rushing toward the window to attack him, only to be held back by the window guards of the building.


It took 6 New York Cops to carry a then sedated Ming to a waiting van, where they eventually transported him to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Berlin Center, Ohio.   

Yates was eventually arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and the possession of a wild animal.

And while you might think that’s all the crazy left in this story… you would be sadly mistaken…

As it was later found out that Yate’s Mother was actually… BABYSITTING CHILDREN IN THE APARTMENT?!?!?

So clearly, she was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child…

 … But wait… there is actually more…

Once eventually released, Yates sued New York City for the loss of his pets (including a rabbit )… and $7,000 that he claimed he had in the apartment.

The Judge dismissed the case… calling Yates full of “Chutzpah”! (the Yiddish word for ‘audacity’)

Yates now lives in Nevada with 22 big cats including 4 tigers, and after years of living a happy life, Ming unfortunately died.

Ming was buried at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, and there is a tombstone commemorating his life!

You know what they say… Only in New York! 

Let’s get into this week’s POTTY Picks!

Well, it’s going to be hard to top that Main Story… but here goes nothing ‘

We figured, since a picture is worth a thousand words... 

Then this Video of the Week from the sketch comedy group “Please Don’t Destroy” entitled “I GOT VACCINATED!!!” should speak for itself! 

Check out this Week’s Video of the Week!  


Potty People, we are incredibly excited for this weeks Potty Picks -because we get to share with you a new genre of music that is very much deserving of your attention! 

Based out of Africa, comes the new genre of “Afro-Beats” … while some of you may be skeptical… 

Justin Bieber just released a version of an an afro-beat song called “Essense” with African Artist “Whizkid”… and its now one of the top songs in then World…

Trust us, this weeks picks are well worth a listen!

This week we feature some Afro-beat JAMS from: Starboy (Feat. Chronixx), WhizKid, Tems, Juls and Aya Nakamura!

For those of you that didn’t already hear, this week William Shatner celebrated his 90th Birthday by becoming the Oldest Person to ever go to Space!


Shatner, who is most famous for his role as Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek, successfully ventured to space this week aboard the Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’s aerospace company.

Although the entire journey is 11 minutes, when asked about the trip to space, William Shatner was quoted as saying:

“When you’re 90, 11 minutes can be a long time”

Adding on twitter:



Happy Birthday and Congratulations to William Shatner and everyone at Blue Origin!


Well, that pretty much wraps it up for this weeks’ episode of Potty Time with POTTYMINTS!

But before we let you go, we can’t leave you without a quote for the week ahead! 

This week, we chose a quote from the incomparable Oprah Winfrey:



“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
Oprah Winfrey


Thanks again for joining us for this weeks episode, and join us next week for an all new special Halloween Edition of Potty Time with POTTYMINTS!


Have a great week!