New Developments in Storybook Seal Deaths
Several questions are being raised this morning about whether or not the seals from Storybook Gardens were properly watered during their trip to the St. Louis Zoo last Friday.
Barry Wells from Alt London told us he has confirmed the so called "misting system" was nothing more than a hose, "The water misting system that was repeatedly cited in the city of London media releases was in fact a manually operated hose where by they had to pull over on the side of the road during a trip to St. Louis and hose them down manually."
The seals were not constantly watered - only hosed down every 90 minutes to two hours. There are also questions about whether or not the seals were properly cooled. Florine Morrison is with Zoo Check and tells us "Apparently we have heard that there was a temperature gage in the cab to keep track of the temperature in the van in the seal compartment but yes I don't know it's a mystery. Definitely Zoo Check is demanding answers and we need to find out exactly what went wrong."
Manager at Storybook Gardens John Riddel confirms Wells' story.
The question now is whether this was adequate for the seals welfare.
Three of the seals have died - two last Friday, the third yesterday morning. The fourth seal did make it to St. Louis Zoo and appears to be doing well.