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Nov 26, 2009 5:00 AM by Sarah Rosario

Man Makes Friends With Mike The Tiger

He's called the "Tiger Man" or the "Tiger Whisperer" whatever you call him, he's now a You Tube sensation. In fact people come to see him as much as they do the tiger.

All we know about this man is his name, Darrel. "He drives a white car and the second he pulls up Mike will either jump in the water or run up to where ever he can see him and waits real excited," said LSU sports shop worker Kelly Neal.

The tiger man has been coming religiously for the last two and half years to visit Mike VI. He says he and the tiger are so close because Mike saved his life. "The truth is I was at home about to commit suicide and God sent me here, and the instant I walked up, he loved me and I loved him," said Darrel.

So now they have a routine. "They'll play hide and go seek. The guy will run and Mike will follow him and look for him and go crazy when he can't see him," said Neal. Since then others try to get Mike's attention but the Bengal tiger doesn't respond the same way. "and when Darrel goes to leave, Mike will lay down and put his ears back and he's just really sad," said Neal.

Sarah Rosario

srosario@katctv.com

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