Carole Baskin has a purr-fect idea to continue cashing in on the “Tiger King” craze.
The animal rights activist and zoo owner, who gained notoriety as a sensational subject of Netflix’s wildly popular 2020 documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” has launched her own cryptocurrency.
Baskin’s new digital currency, called $CAT, allows fans to buy merchandise or online experiences from her Tampa, Florida-based Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary. Prices for what is described as a “fan token” start at $5.
“I’m purring like a bobcat rolling in catnip,” the “Dancing with the Stars” castoff wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
In a statement on the Big Cat Rescue website, Baskin said she was investigating cryptocurrencies due to concerns about the volume of US dollars being printed and distributed “with nothing to back them up.”
It continued: “Our new $CAT coin is not a currency for investment,” she added, “but rather is a purr-ency of our fans to show their love for the cats.”
Big Cat Rescue says it will also launch non-fungible tokens in two weeks, and “future plans include a big cat metaverse for virtual visits with the cats.”