Carole Baskin's feud with Joe Exotic has had Tiiger King viewers gripped as the pair's bizarre row was explored in the Netflix show.

Joe Exotic, who owned the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, is currently serving a 22 year prison stretch after he was convicted of hiring someone to kill his rival, Carole.

He was also convicted of 17 charges of animal abuse.

The pair had been at loggerheads for years but their argument with one another became increasingly bitter.

And now, in an even more bizarre twist, Carole is believed to be taking over Joe's zoo after a judge ruled ordered Jeff Lowe out, according to reports.

Joe Exotic has been jailed for 22 years
Joe Exotic has been jailed for 22 years

The judge has ruled that Joe's transfer of the zoo land to his mother and Jeff was fraudulent, according to court documents obtained by  TMZ.

And as Carole never got the money she won in a $1million judgment against Joe and his mum many years ago she has been awarded the land to recover some of what she is owed.

Carole was critical of the way Joe Exoctic's zoo, which had up to a 1,000 animals and allowed visitors to pet the majestic beasts, cared for its animals.

Joe used unusual breeding methods at his zoo, including crossbreeding lions and tigers to create liligers - and Carole was highly critical of his methods, claiming they were abuse.

PETA then sent an undercover investigator to examine conditions at the unusual zoo.

Tiger King star Carole Baskin was critical of her rival, Joe
Tiger King star Carole Baskin was critical of her rival, Joe

In a report they claimed to have found "dead, dying, and injured animals; extremely crowded conditions; a serious lack of basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinary care; shamefully inadequate cages; and untrained and insufficient staff who were intentionally cruel to numerous animals”.

Their report claimed: "Animals were routinely hit, punched, kicked, sprayed with cold water, and struck with rakes and shovels. And they were blasted with fire extinguishers to break up frequent fights.

Other allegations included tiger cubs being punched, dragged, and hit with whips and horses he took in were shot in the head to be given to the tigers as food.

Joe Exotic was always adamant his big beasts were well cared for and he insisted he only bred tigers so if the population in the wild was wiped out there would always be some in captivity.

He also claimed he would raise baby tigers to respect people and he would respect them.

Joe Exotic is now in jail after being found guilty of several federal laws
Joe Exotic is now in jail after being found guilty of several federal laws

But Carole was determined in her mission to stop his Big Cat ownership and even created a website claiming he was an animal abuser.

Joe Exotic, in turn, claimed conditions at Carole's own rescue centre in Florida were not good enough for her tigers.

However, by some way, Joe Exotic's most damning accusation was that Carole had been involved in her husband, Don's, disappearance in 1997.

The 60-year-old's body has never been found and five years after his death a judge deemed his dead.

Carole has since gone on to marry for a second time and is now wed to Howard Baskin.

Don Lewis went missing and his body has never been found
Don Lewis went missing and his body has never been found

But Joe Exotic never forgot about Don's disappearance and even recorded a music video Here Kitty Kitty, which showed a Carole lookalike feeding flesh to tigers.

Carole has always insisted she was innocent of any involvement in whatever happened to her husband.

She said: "Can you imagine having people think you killed your husband or wife and not being able to prove otherwise? Without a body, there is nothing I can do to clear my name.

"We gave [authorities] all of the information that they needed to go look at the court records and to see that I always dealt fairly and honestly with Don's daughters.

"He had been my best friend from the time that I was 19. I lost him in 1997, so talking about that turns up a lot of painful memories."

Carole said Don was planning to eventually move to Costa Rica
Carole said Don was planning to eventually move to Costa Rica

Just before he disappeared Don had filed court documents against his wife. He was seeking an injunction and claimed she had threatened him with violence.

Carole has always denied she had ever threatened her husband, she also claims that before he went missing Don was showing signs of "mental deterioration".

Now, a chilling new theory claims Don was flying low in his plane when he was strangled in the cockpit and his body dumped into the ocean.

The missing Don's lawyer, Joseph Fritz, insists his client would never have disappeared and was instead killed.

He claimed: "What I had heard was that he was strangled from the back seat of an airplane over the Gulf at 50 feet and dropped out over the Gulf."

Carole is now married to Howard Baskin
Carole is now married to Howard Baskin

Don's truck was found abandoned close to the airfield he used to take off in his planes.

His lawyer claims he always flew below where his plane could be detected by radar because Don's pilot's licence had expired and he was worried he would get caught.

Fritz, describing his client as "terribly cheap while he was very wealthy", added: "What would have lured him more than anything else is a good deal on an airplane. So that’s what I assume happened, that he got lured up to look at an airplane.

"He loved those cats. He never would have just walked away from them. Ever."

Police never found any evidence linking Carole to Don's disappearance.

Carole, who now lives with her second husband, Howard Baskin, hit out at the claims she was involved in her husband's death as  the "most ludicrous of all the lies" and "idiotic".

Carole is now believed to have been given Joe Exotic's zoo
Carole is now believed to have been given Joe Exotic's zoo

She hit out at the content of the Netflix documentary, claiming she was told it would be similar to the Oscar-winning film, Blackfish.

In a post on her Big Cat Rescue website, she dropped new information about the months before his disappearance, claiming he was exhibiting some erratic behaviour.

She said there are no words to describe how disappointed she is.

Carole wrote: "There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.

"As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997.

"The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.

"There is no short, simple way to refute so many lies. If you do want to know the truth, it requires understanding the history of events in the years before my husband’s disappearance and the roles and behaviors of the people interviewed in the series, which I have tried to do as concisely as I can below but still requires a few pages."

Two days after he disappeared Carole reported him missing to police and his car was found at a nearby airfield.Don owned several planes and could fly them. He has also mentioned a possible move to Costa Rica.

As well as the police investigation, devastated Carole also hired a private investigator to search for her missing husband.

But despite the huge probe, he has never been found.