Silver Spring’s Closing Brings Experts Together

Silver Springs has been a family favorite hosting a Nature Theme Park for generations.  Unfortunately due to controversial issues ranging from rumors of financial troubles to questions of water quality, the elaborate animal park is being converted to a simple state park by subtracting the amazing assortment of animals that were such an attraction.

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So what happens to all those incredible creatures?  They get to go on a little trip and are adopted into new families.

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Lucky for the animals, caring experts from all over America have come to tape and box up critters.  Today, it’s the cold blooded killers.  The various species including crocodiles, alligators and caimans will make their way to new homes were they will be kept by loving handlers that probably won’t actually touch them much once they are at the new location.  Team work, brute strength, knowledge of animal behavior and a desire to get dirty are part of what makes for a successful hard day of catching and relocating animals.

Certain animals are more dangerous to handle than others by their natural personality.  “Cubans are some of the most aggressive and potentially deadly crocs on the planet,” explains biologist and Biologist/Crocodile Specialist Shaw Heflick.

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Some individual specimens are especially vicious and huge, over nine feet long and weighing more than 400 pounds.

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While the closing of Silver Springs is a travesty, the men and women working to relocate the animals have love tough enough to accomplish the task.

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Brent Fannin takes a turn to polish his technique.

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There are so many stories surrounding the sad yet productive day it may take a TV series to share them all. For now, enjoy the slideshow of the brave souls that tend to the needs of some of creations largest predators.

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