Mike Tyson used to have tigers as pets in his prime. He has shared the experience of waking up in the morning with the 300-400 pound beast by his side. Of course, the former world heavyweight boxing champion could not afford such exotic animals as pets once he got bankrupt.
Now Formula one champion Lewis Hamilton is showing his love for the big cats.
The 31-year-old Lewis Hamilton has known this Royal Bengal Tiger, Nicole, at the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation in Mexico since she was a two-month baby. That was last November. Now Nicole is almost a full-growncat.
The latest Instagram post by Lewis Hamilton shows him cuddling the tigress before the animal jumped on to him for a hug which pushed him back a few steps.
A few months back Lewis Hamilton had posted a funny video with the tigress where he creeps up stealthily behind Nicole and startles her. The tigress turns around and jumps in theatrical fashion with Hamilton bursting out in laughter.
However, it is hard not to ignore the fact that the tiger’s name is the same as Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger, who was a singer with the Pussycat Dolls band. Scherzinger now dates tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, former boyfriend of Maria Sharapova.