This is the moment Russian rapper GeeGun lets his children swim with tiger cubs in the family pool, sparking outrage on social media.
The video was filmed by the rapper’s gorgeous model wife and businesswoman Oksana Samoylova, 33, and was later shared on Instagram where she boasts a huge army of 14.1 million followers.
The yummy mummy assured her followers that the tigers were not dangerous because they had been raised under special conditions, adding: “These tigers live with a breeder, and they live very well so don’t write any nonsense.”
However, many netizens did write “nonsense” in response to the post, and the apparent use of wild animals for entertainment even drew criticism from animal rights activists and other Russian celebrities.
Actress and singer Anna Shulgina said she was shocked at the video and accused the rapper and his model wife of renting them for amusement and treating them like toys.
According to local media, the tiger cubs were first kept on a lead before GeeGun let them loose around the property and then allowed his young children Ariela and Leia to play with them.
The tigers then joined GeeGun and his kids in the family pool.
Shulgina said: “Animal performance with cute music… shame! Everyone notices that the tiger cub growled and did not want to go to GeeGun, and then he dragged the second into a pool filled with chemicals.
“I understand that some people have money and perhaps think that wild cats are cool. Sure they can be friendly, but use your head. I believe there is a big difference between a dog that has lived with humans for centuries and wild cats.”
Shulgina, whose mother is famous Russian singer Valeriya, 53, claimed the tigers were rented from a breeder called Mikhail Zaretsky who used to work as an animal trainer.
She said Zaretsky and his wife rescue animals from zoos, but she believes they are making money by renting them out.
She added: “The cult of having wild animals at home is becoming a nightmare. I am sure our celebrities and influencers do not think it is a profitable business, but it is simply immoral to support him. They think they are not harming the tiger cubs.
“Adults cannot be changed, but they should teach children how to treat wild animals at school.”
According to local media, the celebrity couple, who recently split due to the rapper’s wild lifestyle and reconciled soon afterwards, are often spotted spending time together as a close family unit.
GeeGun, a big name on the Russian music scene, boasts 4.9 million followers on Instagram and is a keen practitioner of MMA.