My Unconventional Life: Meet the real-life Tarzan who grew up with tigers and lions!

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Kody Antle's life seems straight out of a Disney movie. With an elephant as a babysitter, tiger cubs in his backyard and chimpanzees swinging around his house, it's safe to say that Antle is the real-life Tarzan! 

"Growing up, I realized my life is unique, really because what I wanted and other kids wanted was so different," Antle explained to AOL Lifestyle. "I always just had a deeper connection to animals and I just wanted to be naked running around with tigers!" 

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Meet the real-life Tarzan, Kody Antle
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Meet the real-life Tarzan, Kody Antle
My biggest sister, Bubbles @nickb_photos
My big brother Maha 🐯 Showing off his incredible height ⛰ This beautiful guy is over 10ft tall 🐉
Keep in shape like an ape 💪
Living our best lives 💯 @lilduval
Sneaking up on some poachers 🔫 Sugriva helps raise 💰 for anti poaching units around the globe to defend his wild brothers and sisters! Get to know Sugriva and help contribute by visiting the @myrtlebeachsafari myrtlebeachsafari.com‼️Checkout our projects to save wildlife at rarespeciesfund.org @rarespeciesfund
Happy Father’s Day to the coolest dad @docantle 🧙‍♂️🐅
Righteous! Righteous! Sugrivas hand 🤙😂
My big brother Dharmesh #savethetigersavetheworld
Exploring the @myrtlebeachsafari with @therealtarzann
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My brothers Rama, Ishta & Rhudra ☀️
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We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? 😁
Of the big cats cheetahs have one of the oldest working relationships with humans ♾ We raised them in our homes and they helped us in the hunt 🥩some Cheetahs would ride with us on horseback 🐎 when prey got into range they would leap off hitting 70mph going in for the takedown 🍖🦌🗡🐆💨🐎 humans would ride in assist in the kill and would feed the cheetah fresh slices while they prepped the game for transport 💼 the cheetah would often ride the horse with the kill while the rider walked leading them home ❤️ we owe our success as a species to animals ♾ treat them like precious gems that they are 💎
Tiger hugs 🐾 🤗 All you need is love ❤️
Dreams will become reality ♾
Power levels over 9000‼️
My brother Gir 🦁 What is your favorite kind of cat?
Inca & Onca Who’s your favorite? 🌕🌑 📸@nickb_photos
😂 what do you think the tiger is doing?
My sister @tawny.thetiger It’s a family thing! 35 years of animal conservation and education 🐯📚🌏It is our goal to bring wildlife into the hearts and minds of all people ❤️🧠
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My brothers Ram & Rhudra☀️
Everyone likes relaxing on the couch 🤗
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"Communication with the animals really starts from birth," he said of his relationship with the animals. Building a relationship with the wild animals takes time, but "they will actually show you a side of themselves that you didn't know existed," whether it's their intelligence or a unique personality trait. 

"He may be the only person in the world living like this," said his father, who shares with Kody a passion for wildlife. Check out more of the Antles and their work in the video above! 

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