A regime inspection has resulted in citations for Tregembo Animal Park, a Wilmington-space zoo with a historical past of thoughts about the welfare of its animals.
The inspection by the U.S. Division of Agriculture on Oct. 4 observed the facility was in violation of delivering ample veterinary care after an inspector uncovered a white tiger with a 1.5-inch open wound on its ear. The facility informed the inspector they experienced not contacted a veterinarian about the wound but had been on a regular basis spraying the ears for flies.
In another instance cited in the USDA report, the inspector found a white camel experienced its still left eye closed with “moderate tear staining” beneath the eye. When the inspector noticed this, the animal park contacted a veterinarian for assistance and started treatment just before the inspection completed, according to the report.
The inspector also mentioned the facility was in violation of sanitation criteria, especially in regard to pest control. The inspector observed the park’s serval, a wild cat that is indigenous to Africa, was biting at “various flies” all around it and “flicking its ears repeatedly.” When the inspector didn’t detect any breaks in the animal’s skin, the cat was demonstrating signs of distress.
The report was integrated in a push release distributed by People today for the Ethical Remedy of Animals (PETA). The group has been vocal in drawing notice to the park’s animal welfare difficulties.
This is not the initial time the facility has faced issues about the welfare of its animals. Previously this calendar year, the park was cited for a absence of veterinary treatment and unclean services.
That inspection found the park had unsuccessful to notify a veterinarian that a pot-bellied pig was lame in its again legs. The park took action to start out correcting the issue during the inspection and was supplied until finally June 3 to appropriate other troubles determined in the report, like enclosures and services that ended up located to be structurally unsound.
Citations for the facility stretch back again to 2003, according to a truth sheet supplied by PETA. The most modern inspection counted a complete of 148 animals at the facility, which includes a lion, two tigers and a giraffe, between other animals.
A call to the animal park trying to get remark on the citations was not returned as of Thursday afternoon. The zoo, located at 5811 Carolina Beach Street, operates seasonally concerning March and September and is presently shut for the off-year.
The animal park, owned and operated by the Tregembo spouse and children, has been in enterprise for 60 years, in accordance to its internet site.
Reporter Emma Dill can be attained at 910-343-2096 or [email protected]