Heidi Fleiss, the famous madam who started her own prostitution ring at the age of 22, is following in the footsteps of Mike Tyson in nabbing her own bird-themed reality series on Animal Planet.
The 44-year-old told TMZ that she's scheduled to shoot the pilot shortly with the show based on her famous exotic bird collection. Apparently, it will focus on her day-to-day caring and training of the 20 birds she lets loose around her Las Vegas home.
Before animal advocates get their feathers ruffled, it should be noted that Fleiss certainly won't be encouraging people to purchase imported birds. Back in 2009
, she showed up at PetSmart Inc.'s annual meeting in New York City to plead that the chain stop selling exotic birds. "Birds are meant to fly, not be caged," said Fleiss, noting that most people don't understand the amount of time needed for their care.
"They're extraordinary creatures that are complex, intelligent and require a huge commitment," she added.
She went on to reveal that her current flock was the result of a deathbed promise to care for a friend's exotic birds. "I'm a madam and skin trader," she said. "I'm not the type of person who has pets." Look for Fleiss' new series to fly sometime in late 2011.
This would not be Fleiss' first reality show. She appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab' and 'Sober House', both on VH1, where her love of birds played a major part of the story line. As well, the 2008 HBO documentary 'Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be-Madam of Crystal' featured long sections of Heidi in the bird sanctuary she inherited from her dying neighbor.
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Heidi Fleiss lands reality series with Animal Planet
Former Hollywood madam to shoot pilot based on her famous exotic bird collection.