Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tony the Tiger
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

The Criminal podcast team recently took a trip to Louisiana to see a special tiger named Tony.  But Tony the Tiger wasn't at a zoo or nature preserve.  He lives at a gas station called the Tiger Truck Stop.

Craig McLaughlin grew up around tigers, ostriches, monkeys and other exotic animals on his step-father's farm in Pittsboro, N.C.
Craig McLaughlin

Craig McLaughlin was given 12 years to live when he was born with hemophilia in 1957. With the help of developments in medicine and some good fortune, McLaughlin exceeded the life expectancy and eventually started a family.

But along the way, he experienced hard bumps in the road. As a child, McLaughlin battled constant physical pain and social isolation. He was diagnosed with HIV from a blood transfusion as a young adult.