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TIGER KING Joe Ex­otic has been sprung from soli­tary con­fine­ment — be­cause he may have con­tracted the deadly coron­avirus! The ec­cen­tric Ok­la­homa zookeeper, 57 — real name Joe Mal­don­ado-Pas­sage — who is serv­ing a 22-year sen­tence for an­i­mal abuse and a hare­brained mur­der­for-hire scheme to kill his arch­neme­sis, Ca­role Baskin, was re­leased from Ok­la­homa’s Grady County Jail and moved into a med­i­cal unit in prison.

“I am in a real hospi­tal bed with win­dow,” he said in a state­ment posted by his reps on In­sta­gram.

Joe’s re­lease came just days af­ter his hus­band, Dil­lon Pas­sage, 22, re­vealed that he hasn’t been able to see his spouse be­cause he’s been held in soli­tary for four months.

In early June, Joe wrote a pen pal de­scrib­ing how his soul “dies a lit­tle each day” and how his “heart will stop like an an­i­mal” while he’s locked up.

He also asked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to par­don him and “make the world smile dur­ing this pan­demic.”

The former zookeeper was the fo­cus of the hit Net­flix do­cuseries “Tiger King” that pre­miered in March

Joe Ex­otic is serv­ing a 22-year sen­tence

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