Mike Tyson: "I wanted to face a gorilla for $ 10,000"

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Mike Tyson: "I wanted to face a gorilla for $ 10,000"

Mike Tyson wanted to face a gorilla! Back in 1989, in order to give to his former wife Robin Givens a romantic evening, he booked an entire zoo for a private visit. Waiting to return to the ring in November at 54 years-old for a meeting with Roy Jones Jr, Iron Mike told that when they arriving at the gorilla cage, they saw that the most massive of animals was a big male, which was subduing everyone the others.

AT that time 23 years-old and holder of the WBA heavyweight title, he decided to intervene: "They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent child - explained Tyson - So I offered the guardian $ 10,000 to open the cage and allow me to break the face of that gorilla.

He refused." Most recently, in training, Tyson appeared on Discovery Channel's Week of the Shark program. In the videos published on Twitter you can see the challenge of the champion who, accompanied by a couple of instructors, dived into the sea surrounded by sharks, even managing to immobilize one.

Who knows if his exploits with animals will become part of the film that Martin Scorsese is shooting, with Jamie Foxx in the role of the protagonist. In the past Tyson has also lived with various wild animals, and in particular tigers (three animals from Bengal, all given away.

In particular, his beloved Kenya, who had lived with him since she was a puppy, paid about 64,000 euros, also because the boxer had the habit - as told by a friend of his, Jeff Fenech - of locking visitors in the cage with the animals: "Even if there aren't many things that scare me, let's say that, when I got out of the cage, I had to change my underwear”.

Tyson also had a puma, as well as pets such as dogs or pigeons. Some days ago we wrote abou the alarming WWF report. In fact, according WWF experts: "The report highlights how humanity's increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife populations, but also on human health and all aspects of our lives.

We cannot ignore these signs: the serious decline in populations of wild species indicates that nature is deteriorating and that our planet is sending us red warning signals about the functioning of natural systems. From the fish of the oceans and rivers to bees, essential for our agricultural production, the decline of wildlife directly affects the nutrition, food security and livelihoods of billions of people.

The average decline of 68% over the past 50 years is a catastrophe and clear evidence of the damage that human activity is doing to the natural world. At best, these losses would take decades to reverse, and further irreversible biodiversity losses are likely, putting the myriad ecosystem services people depend on at risk.

The bending the curve model provides valuable proof to be able to hope for the restoration of nature capable of providing current and future generations with what they need: according to this model, world leaders must, in addition to their efforts to conservation, create a more sustainable food system and eliminate deforestation, a major cause of wildlife population decline, from supply chains."