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This ‘Tiger King’ star launched a Dogecoin competitor (kind of)

‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin launched a new $CAT currency to compete with DOGE

Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla.
Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla., on July 20, 2017.
Loren Elliott, Tampa Bay Times via AP

“Tiger King” star Carole Baskin has created a new fan-based currency to compete with Dogecoin called, simply, $CAT.

The new cryptocurrency — which has officially launched as a “fan token” for her supporters and cat fans — takes a piece out of the Dogecoin playbook, which started as an internet meme and rose to value because of its popularity on the internet.

“I’m purring like a bobcat rolling in catnip because we just launched $cat,” Baskin said on Twitter.

The fan-coin is represented by a “Big Cat Coin” logo that shows what appears to be a bobcat at the center. There are obvious comparisons here to Dogecoin, which uses a Shiba Inu dog as its mascot. The Dogecoin cryptocurrency — which became the fourth-biggest cryptocurrency in the world — has been rising in hype and value in recent weeks.

It’s really unclear what the $CAT fan token will do, though. Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue, the sanctuary for wild animals that Baskin owns, explained it has nothing to do with investments or spending, according to Benzinga.

  • “$CAT is not a currency nor investment, but rather is a purr-ency and the first of its kind as a fan token for supporters of Big Cat Rescue,” Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue said in a statement.

According to CNN, Big Cat Rescue plans to sell nonfungible tokens — or NFTS, like NBA Top Shots — and has “future plans include a big cat metaverse for virtual visits with the cats.”