An imprisoned tiger was one of the most memorable sights for high school students attending a prom Saturday night.
According to WPLG, the exotic animal was rolled into the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center for the event. The theme: Welcome to the Jungle
Maria Castellanos, whose daughter attended this ball, said she was concerned not only with student safety, but also with the tiger itself.
"This tiger was in trouble," Castellanos said , "The reason he goes up and down, with his cock going and ears all beaten back, shows you distress."
Mobile video shows the tiger stepping into the cage as performers use fire to entertain the graduating class.
"These animals are not entertainment," said Castellanos.
In a written statement, a high school spokesman said: "The tiger, which was exhibited in a cage for a few minutes, was never injured or in danger, was not compelled to perform, was always accompanied by its companions and lay most of the time in a relaxed state towards the audience. "
Other images depict various animals that are also used as centerpieces along with a lemur, two macaws and an African fennec fox for the event.