Zoo owner accused of tossing condoms to crowd with children

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WYNNEWOOD, Okla. - A grandmother is concerned after condoms were reportedly handed out at a local zoo.

Now, she claims the self proclaimed 'Tiger King', better known as Joe Exotic, has some explaining to do.

Joseph Maldonado is no stranger to the news.

The Oklahoma presidential candidate is the operator of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoo, located near Wynnewood.

The exotic animal park is a pristine spot for a child's spring break.

"Just spring break, we're getting them out of the house, take them out there," said Casey Harris.

Harris's 7-year-old daughter and a friend were taken to the zoo by their grandmothers, where they said Maldonado stopped by for a quick speech.

"He comes out to give his little spiel, and he used a little off color language," said one of the grandmothers, who wished to remain anonymous.

But, on the topic of his presidential run, she said the speech took a suggestive turn.

"Says that we need some of these buttons, and starts pitching them up in the crowd, to all ages of the children," she said. "A friend of mine, her granddaughter picks one up off the ground, and it's a condom."

It wasn't just any condom.

It was a 'Tiger King' condom, complete with directions of use on the back.

"They wanted to know ‘Why can’t we have it?'" she said. "All we could think of was, 'It's for little boys.'"

The Harris's said they will likely never go back to the GW Zoo.

For the family, the zoo is a place to learn about animals - not the birds and bees.

"We'll talk to her when it's time, but that's just not the place and time," Harris said.

Maldonado told NewsChannel 4 the condom tossing has been part of his zoo presentations for years.

It's used as an ice breaker between he and the crowd, which includes people of all ages.

He said he doesn't plan to stop the presentation any time soon.