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Britney Spears onstage performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 6, 2001. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Netflix’s new docuseries Tiger King is so outrageous that it’s hard to believe that the characters featured in it are real people with real lives and jobs – but they are. And one of the men featured in that show was already doing big things before it came to be. Wildlife enthusiast Doc Antle is one of those people.

Us Weekly explains that Doc was on stage with Britney Spears during her infamous “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs. If you look closely, he was the tiger handler in the cage behind her as she performed.” Sadly, in 2016 Doc Antle told MTV that the tiger from that performance passed away.

There is also a rumor going around that Carole Baskin was seated next to Britney at the 2002 VMAs, but it appears to be just a look alike.

If you watch back the VMA performance, Doc Antle can easily be spotted in the cage with the Tiger. See the video below.

Britney Spears Performs 'I'm a Slave 4 U' at the 2001 Video Music Awards | MTV

Britney Spears performs 'I'm a Slave 4 U' at the 2001 Video Music Awards. VMAs air LIVE on Monday, 8/20 - everything might happen! Watch the VMAs from Radio ...