There is an update to this story so we are reposting it. Please see the UPDATE below.
Originally posted June 7, 2013 10:33 AM
Unreal reality TV strikes again.
It’s a frightening discovery, venomous snakes found in and around a community pool. That’s what Ernie Brown Jr., famously known as “Turtleman”, found during an episode of his popular show Call of the Wildman, which runs on Animal Planet
The show aired Sunday night but now some experts are questioning if it was staged. The director of The Kentucky Reptile Zoo says what viewers witnessed may have been entertaining, but he says it wasn’t entirely accurate.
During the season two premier Turtleman came face to face with two cottonmouths at the Danville community pool. But snake expert Jim Harrison says there’s no way those snakes should have been there in the first place.
“Cottonmouths are not found east of The Jackson Purchase, basically they’re in Western Kentucky,” Harrison said.
As a result, Harrison says he has been receiving calls about whether to be concerned about the snake. This IRRITATES the heck out of me. He makes a very good point when he notes that he is concerned that kids see these shows and imitate the animal handlers.
This is MANUFACTURED drama. There is zero justification for believing anything on reality TV is real – it is scripted, staged and manipulated to some degree. The problem lies not only with the show’s production but with the portion of the audience who can not seem to distinguish fact from fiction and fail to think critically about an entertainment program. The networks don’t make that part easy.
Animal Planet just can’t do anything right these days. They get a giant F for accuracy. Of course, they deny they staged it. Yeah, right. And mermaids are real…
Credibility is shot.
UPDATE (27-June-2013) Many of the comments were suspicious that this was staged, but indeed it was and they are in trouble for it. Put this show out of its misery. This is irresponsible and dumb.
A new report says:
The city parks department failed to obtain required approvals to film an episode of Animal Planet’s Wildman at the public pool where a poisonous snake was released and then captured by Kentucky’s “Turtleman,” a new report said.
The report also concluded that the snakes were brought into the pool area, accompanied by a medic, and then were captured by Brown. The show left viewers with the impression that one snake was found in the pool and that others were on the property.
Tip: Andrew Webster