Exotic animals: Settler's Pond -- lon...

Exotic animals: Settler's Pond -- long a home of last resort fo...

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 19, 2009, titled Exotic animals: Settler's Pond -- long a home of last resort fo.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Settler's Pond in rural Beecher has long been a home of last resort for injured exotic creatures, but the non-profit shelter is being squeezed by rising costs and fewer donations even as more animals are left vulnerable in this economy.

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Tim Good

Chicago, IL

#1 May 20, 2009
Errors in the article distract the reader from the real need of worthy organization. Examples: it is impossible for a monkey and a raccoon to mate and create a hybrid species; and sloths are not native to Australia.
Brien Comerford

Tinley Park, IL

#2 May 20, 2009
Settler's Pond is a santuary that must be saved and it has so many creatures that people from our area never see. It's home to llamas, goats, a camel, a zebra, a sloth and many horses, dogs and cats. Animal lovers must unite and financially donate to such a wonderful place. It even has a kangaroo !
Rain Man

New Lenox, IL

#3 May 20, 2009
But the conveinience store "Beecher meat and liquor" is doing great in this economy.

Palatine, IL

#4 May 20, 2009
Another error: One woman tells the children not to pet the zebra, because he bites; then two paragraphs later, another employee is marveling on how great it is to pet the zebra.

Miami, FL

#5 May 20, 2009
Tim Good wrote:
Errors in the article distract the reader from the real need of worthy organization. Examples: it is impossible for a monkey and a raccoon to mate and create a hybrid species; and sloths are not native to Australia.
Have to agree, Tim. The kinkajou is directly related to the raccoon and does show some characteristics reminiscent of primates, but no DNA sharing.

By the same token, I have no idea what the "Australian sloth" might be, except some type of tree kangaroo. Sloths - both the two toed and three toed - and native to South American.

Someone else caught the line about zebra bites vs. zebra touching. Another crack reporting tidbit.

I am certain that this facility does a lot of good, even with "employees" that don't get paid! A newspaper article can help generate the help they need, but is much more effective when accurate!

Cary, IL

#6 May 20, 2009
I have to give props to the Tribune for reporting on the most obscure and absolutely irrelevant stories related to the economy. The 6 figure exec. who now has time for housework. The other family whose hardship was to make $130k a year who is broke after a whole entire week *gasp* and find a job in 6 weeks. Now a story on exotic animals? I mean I feel for this business owner and for the animals but c'mon... when are they going to get to the stories that their readers can relate to?

Lisle, IL

#7 May 20, 2009
Great to learn about such a wonderful organization. But what's with this reporter's fact-checking and spelling skills? I wouldn't accept this writing and misinformation from my 5th-graders.
Welcome Comrades

Carol Stream, IL

#9 May 20, 2009
Thank you Tribune for reporting on this sanctuary. Hopefully some donations will come out of this.

Chicago, IL

#10 May 26, 2009
This is no refuge. A family with no zoological training should not be collecting exotic, wild animals and keeping them in pens at their residence. These types of places are known as "roadside zoos", and, while some are technically legal, experts agree that roadside zoos are dangerous--both for the animals kept in them and the people who visit and live nearby.
Having a sloth and a kangaroo staying inside a house and "wearing children's sleep wear while indoors" and allowing children to pet zebras (biting or otherwise) are not practices that would be endorsed by anyone with any training in the care of exotic animals. If they really cared about the animals, they would make the effort to educate themselves about the proper environments for exotic animals and realize that a roadside zoo does not fit the bill.
There are many stories about animals in places like this harming people. One recent example was the story of Travis, a chimpanzee that "retired" to the home of Sandra Herold, where he spent his days eating human food, drinking wine, taking Xanax, and bathing and sleeping with Sandra.
After multiple previous incidents of violent behavior toward humans, "Travis" attacked a family friend, who lost her hands, nose, eyes, lips and jaw in the attack and remains blind and with severe injuries that will change her life forever. "Travis" was shot dead by police who were called to the scene.
Please think critically about places like Settler's Pond and avoid supporting the practices of roadside zoos.

Park Forest, IL

#11 Feb 5, 2014
This place is dirty I went on a tour there and the animals looked like they were all dieing. I also saw several rats I get that it's a farm and there's gonna be rats but the rats should be able to get in with the animals.
Beecher Farmer

Oak Brook, IL

#12 Feb 12, 2014
Call turtle man

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