Carole Baskin may have been awarded Tiger King Park, but current owner Jeff Lowe says it's going to be a real mess when he gives it over. Lowe spoke with ET's Lauren Zima on Tuesday about the recent legal development, and said the zoo would be in a state of "complete hell" when she gets her hands on it.
"I mean, because I'm not taking care of it as we leave," said Lowe, who was given 120 days to vacate the property, including all animals currently living there. "The bamboo is about taking this place over."
Baskin was awarded the park on Monday, as part of a trademark judgment against former owner, and Baskin's nemesis, Joe Exotic, according to court documents obtained by ET.
The years-long contentious legal battle between Baskin and Exotic -- whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- was the subject of the megahit Netflix documentary Tiger King. The latest development comes nearly seven years after Exotic was first ordered to pay Baskin $1 million for trademark infringement.
Lowe, who currently operates the park, told ET that Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue Corp., "has no idea the amount of work it is to keep this park up."
According to Lowe -- whose own complex legal and personal relationships with Exotic and Baskin played a large role in the documentary and Exotic's eventual incarceration -- he'd been expecting this ruling for some time.
"We have anticipated this for almost two years. As soon as we came into the picture, Carol kind of automatically wrapped us under the same umbrella as Joe and tried to get me included in his judgement for a million dollars," he said. "I think she expected I could pay it when Joe never could so she fought long and hard and wasted a lot of money to get me named in her lawsuit."
Lowe went on to address his ongoing efforts to open a large animal park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, in September.