A Tiger Nearly Drowned, the One in ‘Life of Pi’

WASHINGTON, DC: A newly released investigative report by The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered animal abuse on the set of last year’s blockbuster Life of Pi, including an incident in which the film’s star tiger nearly drowned.


An email from the American Humane Association’s (AHA) Gina Johnson – who worked as the organization’s appointed monitor for the duration of the filming of Life of Pi – has surfaced, in which she tells a colleague that an incident on the set nearly caused a tiger named King to drown when he couldn’t swim to the side of the large water tank in which filming was taking place.


“Last week we almost f***ing killed King in the water tank,” says Johnson in a 2011 email that was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “The one take with him just went really badly and he got lost trying to swim to the side. Damn near drowned.”


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:45am