Everyone and a while you see a news story of some dude who keeps an alligator in his New York apartment and think to yourself, who are these wackos? Well that is kind of the idea of Animal Intervention which visits exotic animal owners to find out if they are really a good fit with these unusual pets like lions, tigers, and bears (nope, I refuse to make a Wizard Of Oz joke here).
The show features animal advocate Alison Eastwood (yep, Clint’s kid) and animal expert Donald Schultz as the confront overwhelmed and / or delusional wildlife owners. They assess the animals to see if the owners really are a good fit in their care and if not try to get the wind animals into a sanctuary where they can be better taken care of. In tonight’s premiere the duo travels to Branson to meet with a magician who uses exotic animals in his 300 shows per year. Cue visions of Siegfried and Roy being mauled by a tiger. They also visit a Louisiana couple who has fled their capuchin monkeys to Texas to live in an RV to avoid local authorities who threatened to take the monkeys away due to improper licenses.
Later this season, the par has run in with a family that ran a zoo but due to health can no longer do so but thanks to strict laws about exotic animal trafficking in New York cannot get rid of these animals they cannot take care of; An Ohio woman who rescues large animals but the cost of having sanctuary around, and literally inside her home is getting too much; An Oklahoma man with a bizarre bear breeding program; another none animal activist Bob Barker attempts to visit a controversial bear zoo but is told he is not welcome on the property; A big cat owner in Nevada who lets “V.I.P’s” up close and personal with the animals; The lone bear left in a long closed roadside zoo; as well as other makeshift home zoos.
Animal Intervention airs Tuesdays at 9:00 on Nat Geo Wild. You can check out a clip below: