Rule Animal National Park Man Assisted Hostage Walrus with Superior Life in Abu Dhabi

Man Assisted Hostage Walrus with Superior Life in Abu Dhabi



A story about a unique bond between a man and a walrus, a decades-long action and an unexpected move conquer the hearts of the whole world. Phil Demers, a former animal trainer, has successfully accompanied the journey of Smooshi, a beloved walrus, from Marineland and Canada to a new life in Abu Dhabi, more than 11,000 km away.

Demers met Smooshi in 2004 when she was brought to Marineland from Russia as an 18-month-old calf. The bond was immediate and strong, because Smooshi scored on Demers during a medical procedure. Smooshi followed him through the park, and their bond became inseparable, creating a deep and comforting relationship.

Demers, however, was increasingly troubled by what he perceived to be animal mistreatment at Marineland, which was facing assertion and investigations into animal cruelty due to poor water quality. His concerns led to his departure from the park in 2012 and his Mission to save Smooshi.

Disputes broke out between Demers and Marineland with assertion and counter-accusations. After ten years and a considerable financial investment, Demers finally saw his dream come true when Marineland agreed to reinstate Smooshi and his calf Kayuk, citing the welfare of the walruses.A female walrus at MarineLand named Smooshi developed an extraordinary attachment to her trainer Phil Demers. Their relationship was the subject of a CBC documentary aired last week.

Despite an emotional, albeit brief, meeting before her departure, Demers remains banned from Marineland. Smooshi and Kayuk have since been transferred to Sea World Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to open at the end of May 2023. Although Demers is an animal rights advocate himself, he is relieved that the walruses are finally from Marineland, although Smooshi is thousands of miles away.

While the idea of walruses in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi could raise concerns, experts assured that the new SeaWorld facility would be a better home for Smooshi and his calf. With air-conditioned environments and important resources for enrichment and care, they believe that the Duo will get better in their new home.

Phil Demers, who is still emotionally attached to Smooshi, is looking forward to the day when he can visit him in his new home. The shared joy, concern and hope surrounding Smooshi’s journey reflects a growing global concern for animal welfare and the need for continuous review and improvement in the way we treat and care for captive creatures.

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