According to Susan Bass, PR director for Florida’s Big Cat Rescue, the tiger in the video belongs to a private company based in Homestead, Florida, called Predators Unlimited, which often rents out a variety of big cats, bears, wolves and other wild animals for parties. It’s licensed by the USDA, but is not an accredited wildlife sanctuary or refuge.
Bass said it’s clear from the tiger’s body language that he was frightened at the prom. “It was very apparent the tiger was stressed,” she told The Dodo. “Just like house cats, big cats have an instinct to run when they’re in a stressful situation. But that poor cat had nowhere to go.”