BREAKAGE: A black bear named Dolly and three foxes – the last animals to be kept at Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park, a former roadside zoo in Tawas City, Michigan – arrived this morning at the Wild Animal Sanctuary (an accredited sanctuary) in Colorado, courtesy of PETA. After federal authorities took the extraordinary step of confiscating an injured bear from the old tourist trap, its owners agreed to forgo the remaining animals and never to acquire or own any wild or exotic animals again. PETA wasted no time in arranging the transfer of the animals to their spacious new home.
“These animals will finally get the expert veterinary care and the rich life they deserve, now that the sun finally sets on the Sunrise Side.”
—PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet
Here are some details about the animals formerly kept at the roadside zoo, according to recent inspection reports from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
- The grizzly bear that was ultimately confiscated had used its paw to pull off a growth last year, leaving behind a 4-5 inch wound above its eye that oozed for months but never received veterinary care – and ultimately the injured tissue died.
- An obese bobcat with tangled hair appeared to “walk smoothly as if in pain.”
- A lion so thin its bones were visible was being held in a filthy enclosure containing “dung piles” and moldy food.
From now on, no animal suffers on Sunrise Side.
Following a complaint from PETA, Sunrise Side was cited by the USDA after the owners’ 15-year-old granddaughter, who worked at the facility, opened a door and allowed a 60-year-old visitor to enter a lion’s cage. The lion tore off a piece of the woman’s finger.
Come back or follow @peta on Twitter to see bear and fox photos and videos at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, once the animals have acclimated to their new and true sanctuary!
As PETA and accredited sanctuaries like The Wild Animal Sanctuary continue to join forces and ensure richer new lives for exploited animals, there is something you can also do: Closing assistance roadside zoos avoiding these places at all costs. A vivid example is Oswald’s Bear Ranch, a death trap located just down the highway from the old Sunrise Side. This seedy roadside zoo is called a “rescue place,” even though about 79% of the bears Oswald acquired between 1999 and 2019 were cubs that had been bred in captivity, apparently for photo ops. In addition, at least six bears on the ranch were shot and one was killed because he was too “mean”, and 16 cubs under the age of 2 apparently died suddenly at Oswald’s house, although the bears left alone in the house. nature can live to the thirties. .
Since 2012, PETA has Actually helped save 76 bears from dire situations, including Dolly from Sunrise Side, and that number will continue to rise until no bears are forced to perform for cruel photo ops like those in Oswald’s Bear Ranch. Help PETA protect more bears from cruelty and neglect by never attending an establishment that offers photo ops or allows guests to play with cubs! Click below to ask Oswald to send the bears to famous shrines, before others die:
Help the bears trapped in this other Michigan hell hole