Mike Tyson is one of the most puzzling characters of our time. On one hand, he is the brutal boxer with a face tattoo who not only took a bite out of a man’s ear but went to jail for raping a beauty pageant queen. On the other hand, there’s something that makes me sympathetic toward him—the childlike lisp, the air of sadness, the death of his 4-year-old daughter in 2009. Last night, Animal Planet brought another layer of complication to the persona of Mike Tyson with their new show, “Taking on Tyson,” which looks at Mike’s lifelong love affair with pigeons—the bird most of us consider flying rats and have been pooped on by at least once.
“The first thing I ever loved in my life was a pigeon,” says Mike in the promo.“I don’t know why… I feel ridiculous trying to explain it,” he says. “What I love about pigeons is their loyalty. That’s what the connection is. They’re so much like people… Pigeons are a part of my life. It’s a constant with my sanity in a weird way; this is just what I do. If I’m lucky enough to die an old man, I’m going to have birds.”
The show was pretty interesting—Mike is coached by a team of pigeon racing professionals on racing his birds for the first time. But of course, the most interesting moments are Mike communing with the birds.
I recommend watching this one.