Friday, September 25, 2009
Salisbury Zoo Bear Gets Dental Work After 6 Years Of Being In Pain
Several years ago when my Wife worked at the Salisbury Zoo she was confronted with the new Spectacle Bear having a tooth issue. She consulted with Dr. Tragle about the problem and ultimately made contact with a Dentist in Ocean City who was willing to do the root canal at no cost to the City/Zoo.
They started making final arrangements and then all hell broke loose at the Zoo and ultimately my Wife and Dr. Tragle left and the painful problem rested in the hands of former Zoo Director Jim Rapp.
Now, several years later, the Zoo finally flew in some specialists to do exactly what my Wife had arranged to be done for FREE to the Taxpayers and paid a pretty penny to have this work done. The financial impact from Rapp continues to plague the City as Joel Hamelton, (new Zoo Director) tries to clean up the mess.
One can only imagine just how much pain this Bear experienced for so many years. I'm sure Ron Alessi would scream, but we don't have the facility to do the work. Excuse me Ron but spending $3,000,000.00 on a facility to do a root canal or other surgeries is inexcusable. The ONLY reason the Zoo wants this facility is because the AZA is demanding they do so or they lose their accreditation. BIG DEAL! Besides, I was there when they did the surgery on the Jag years ago. Make shift, yes. Successful, absolutely.
Yeah, you may not want to see a human lying there on a table outdoors getting a root canal done but they had other options, like bringing it to the current animal services building. However, the photo op wouldn't have been the same or the sky is falling impact wouldn't have been so dramatic.
In the mean time, one can only wonder just how many thousands of dollars were spent doing this procedure. If Rapp hadn't had it out so bad for my Wife and Dr. Tragle, how many thousands of dollars would the City have saved? Well, at least, (after 6 years) the Bear is finally out of pain. Isn't it just wonderful how well these people treat the animals at the Zoo! Think about it. Would YOU have left your pet in such pain for so many years?
at 9/25/2009 09:20:00 AM