Former zookeeper Joe Exotic, who was featured in Netflix's “Tiger King,” has been moved to a medical facility in North Carolina for federal prisoners following a cancer diagnosis, The Associated Press reported.

“During the late hours of November 16 or early morning hours of November 17, 2021, Joe was taken out of his cell and put on a private plane and transferred from the Ft. Worth Federal Medical Center to the Butner Federal Medical Center to being treatment of his prostate cancer,” his defense attorney, John Phillips, said in a tweet on Saturday. 

Phillips also said that Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was getting medical treatment and tests “for a host of issues," according to the AP. 


Phillips added that prison medical care isn’t the best suited for everyone. “It’s a competition of life and liberty no one wants any part of,” he said. 

Maldonado-Passage was sentenced in January 2020 to serve 22 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to hire two hitmen to kill Florida animal rights activist Carole Baskin. 

Maldonado-Passage gained international fame for being featured in the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

An appeals court recently reduced his sentence after finding that the trial court wrongly calculated his prison term on two convictions.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said Maldonado-Passage should face a sentence between 17 1/2 and 22 years rather than between 22 and 27 years in prison, the AP noted.