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Students, parents outraged by caged tiger at high school prom in Miami

Students, parents outraged by caged tiger at high school prom in Miami

A private school in Miami has allowed this year's senior prom to feature a preposterous "attraction" ... a caged tiger brought to the dance floor as part of the "Welcome to the Jungle" themed event. "This is an event to have fun and amusement, but is torturing an animal really considered amusement?" she said.

Cell phone video captured Christopher Columbus High School students watching in awe as the caged tiger rolled into prom Friday night, but not everyone was impressed by the "surprise entertainment". "You guys paid to see this happen to an innocent animal who had nowhere to run, who was completely afraid".

In an interview with NBC Miami, the student's mother, Maria Del Carmen Castellanos, said the decision to use the animals showed a lack of sensitivity.

However, animal behavior expert and spokesperson for ZooMiami, Ron Magill, dismissed the school's defense and said the tiger clearly looked nervous and was looking at ways to get out of the cage. Some parents are upset because they believe the tiger was in distress. The statement reads in part, "Two Miami-Dade Police officers were present the entire time".

Afterward, the school stated the wildlife was overseen by a licensed facility in Florida.

The exotic birds were placed in cages as centerpieces on the tables.

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The school brought in a tiger, fox, lemur, and parrot.

It's unclear what company supplied the animals for the event, and how often the company offers their animals for entertainment purposes.

The tiger wasn't the only animal present, though.

According to Local 10, the incident happened over the weekend during Christopher Columbus High School's prom in Miami.

The school and hotel both approved the caged tiger for the event, but instead of pleasing the crowd, caused outrage. The animals were not forced to perform, they said, and the majority of the time were "laying down in a relaxed state, facing away from the audience".

One student's sibling was quick to blast the zoolike atmosphere as "animal cruelty", calling it a "mindless" move that put the tiger in "misery".

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