The man who brought a tiger into the Packard plant Monday is lashing back against Detroit officials and he spoke exclusively to Fox 2 Tuesday with his side of the story.
For three months, a British photography crew worked to form a team and secure all necessary permits to conduct a photo shoot in Detroit that would be unlike any other.
Demetri Price of Animals of Montana Inc. said he had no problem renting his tiger to the crew for the shoot telling Fox 2, "it shows the plight of, what was once something great and how it can be affected. Like a tiger for instance. The tiger was once something great, but now brought to its knees. There are now less than 400 Siberian tigers left in the wild."
Price is the owner of the tiger that caused an uproar yesterday and created a social media frenzy.
Price produced page after page of written documents by the city of Detroit showing that he and the crew had permission to bring the animals.
The director of development for the Packard plant Kari Smith spoke to Fox 2 over the phone saying that the crew did have a permit from the city of Detroit, but added that they also needed to get written permission from the Packard plant. "I had no idea that she was a part of this process. To the best of our knowledge everybody from the private owners to every official had been contacted," said Smith.
Price says he is also blaming the contracted worker who took the video of the tiger being coaxed by a weed wacker. We're told other landmarks like the train station were also visited by the crew before their trip to the Packard plant.
While the crew's shoot with exotic animals at the Packard plant may be over in Detroit, the crew doesn't know where they will go from here. "We don't know where we're going to go from here, it's very likely the whole thing is just going to be canned, which is a loss for everybody," said Price.