WYNNEWOOD, Okla.– An animal activist group has reported that an operator of The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park has allegedly been diagnosed with a pair of deadly diseases , and the zoo is afraid that the diseases may spread.
Joe Schreibvogel, better known as “Joe Exotic” was allegedly recently diagnosed with Tuberculosis and Brucellosis.
Schreibvogel says that his doctors have cleared him of either of the diseases, but we found this post on his Facebook page that states otherwise.
According to a statement from PETA, the animal activists rushed letters to the Oklahoma State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking authorities to quarantine the facility and take measures to evaluate employees and animals for exposure.
Both diseases are dangerous and transmissible to animals and humans, posing a risk to the animals displayed, as well as visitors of the park.
Symptoms of TB include sever cough (sometimes coughing up blood), chest pain, fatigue, fever, chills, and night sweats. Brucellosis has many of the same symptoms, but it also causes head aches, abdominal and back pain, joint pain, and excessive sweating.
“It is possible Joe Schreibvogel contracted one or both of these diseases from wild deer carcasses that he fed to carnivores at his deplorable roadside zoo,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders.
Schreibvogel has a long history of citations for endangering animals. He is currently the subject of numerous USDA investigations, including one involving the deaths of two tiger cubs in May 2013, and one for the deaths of 23 baby tigers.