Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Murray's manslaughter conviction, there will probably always be unanswered
questions about Michael Jackson's life and death. Questions about what happened
to the exotic animals
Jackson kept as "pets" may never be answered either, since the
whereabouts of some of the animals aren't known.
Bubbles, whom Jackson took everywhere with him at one time, was one of the
first animals to leave the Neverland Ranch, when he ceased to be a cute and
cuddly youngster and became a strong, aggressive adolescent.
Bubbles was lucky enough to wind up at a reputable sanctuary, as were two tigers who once
lived at Neverland.
But despite Jackson's
directive that the animals go to the best homes possible, many of the animals
ended up at pseudo-sanctuaries,
where they received woefully inadequate care because of either ignorance or willful
neglect. Two giraffes
from Jackson's zoo, for
example, died just weeks apart at Tom and Freddie Hancock's Banjoko Wildlife Preserve,
possibly as a result of exposure to cold temperatures and/or improper feeding. Two
more giraffes and several parrots from Neverland remain
with the Hancocks.
The alligators and a python named Madonna,
purchased by Jackson, now live at a roadside zoo
in Oklahoma. Thirteen flamingos were sent to a zoo in New Jersey. Two
orangutans went to live with a private owner
If the King of Pop couldn't afford to
keep exotic animals as
imagine the neglect faced by animals held by people with far fewer resources. The
exotic-animal owner in
who released two dozen animals before killing himself last month did so after facing
mounting financial difficulties. Please click here to urge Ohio officials to permanently ban exotic-animal ownership, and never visit a
roadside zoo or pseudo-sanctuary, where discarded former "pets"
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