Sam Seashole, the attending veterinarian at Cypress Gardens, examines one of two West African dwarf crocodiles that were hatched at the Berkeley County-owned park about two years ago. Most of the crocodiles and exotic animals are leaving the park because of budget cuts.
...Sam Seashole, the attending veterinarian at Cypress Gardens, examines one of two West African dwarf crocodiles that were hatched at the Berkeley County-owned park about two years ago.
Most of the crocodiles and exotic animals are leaving the park because of budget cuts.
..."There's not a lot of pity for animals like this," said Sam Seashole, attending veterinarian at the county-owned park.
It's somber news to Seashole
and a staff that has worked over the past eight years to make the park's Crocodile Isle and reptile house exhibits what they are today.
The crocodile exhibits were praised by experts from across the country in March, when the park played host to officials from some of the country's largest animal attractions, including Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Now the Cypress Gardens
staff is working to ensure that the animals will get the same treatment somewhere else. Seashole
found homes for many of the animals but it's a struggle because most facilities lack the space and resources necessary to provide the specialized care the animals require.
"If we had a lot of little fuzzy things you'd have a whole bunch of people wanting to give them a place to go, but crocs are a different story," he
said. He's taking particular care to keep many of the pairs together because the animals that breed share a special bond, and introducing a new partner could have fatal consequences. Seashole
saved many of the animals from being euthanized after their first home, a farm in Florida, shut down years ago.He
said none of the animals will be euthanized this time, either.
"Absolutely not," he
A large anaconda on display in the reptile center is headed for the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia while a large Galapagos turtle is going to Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach, Seashole
As for Seashole
contract expires today.His
understanding that is the animals need to be out by the end of July. Seashole
said they're proud of the care the animals received at Cypress Gardens
and will make sure they get the best care at their new homes, wherever that might be.
"Decisions have been made that I have to abide by," he
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Dr. Seashole
for the treatment he