PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Officers at ZooWorld in Panama Metropolis Seaside are responding to social media posts questioning the power’s therapy of their animals.
Many of the considerations focus on an image of a giraffe with some sort of pores and skin situation.
The image seems to point out the giraffe shedding fur or pores and skin from the bottom of its legs.
ZooWorld curator, Erika Newell confirmed the giraffe named Tony is receiving therapy.
“We do have a giraffe that’s being handled by our veterinary workers for giraffe pores and skin illness it’s an ailment that impacts giraffe each within the wild and beneath skilled care,” she stated.
On social media there have been accusations of ZooWorld neglecting the animal, however Newell stated they don’t have something to cover.
“While you go to a facility you might even see a sick animal, however your pets get sick at residence,” she stated. “Our animals can typically get sick right here on the zoos, however simply since you see an animal that has an damage or could also be ailing from one thing that doesn’t imply that it’s not being handled.”
Newell stated officers from different zoos have even reached out to ZooWorld to see how they’re treating the issue with Tony.
“Despite the fact that it sheds mild on one thing that is occurring, it’s a possibility for us to make use of our experience to assist different animals on the market — actually all all through America.”
This additionally comes after a giraffe died at ZooWorld simply six months in the past.
On the time, zoo administration launched an announcement saying the animal died from a beginning defect.
Nevertheless, a Fb web page with greater than 3,500 followers continues to make quite a few claims in regards to the animals at ZooWorld.
There’s additionally a petition with almost 1,500 signatures calling for ZooWorld’s closure.
When requested in regards to the buzz on social media, Newell stated the ZooWorld workers will reply any questions.
“Ask the professionals. We do have signage up and specialists strolling round all day lengthy, she stated.
Newell additionally stated Tony is on the upswing within the therapeutic course of.