GENTRY, Ark. (KFTA) — *WARNING: graphic content*
Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in northwest Arkansas said the pony that was seen in a video in a bear’s grip has been checked by a veterinarian and is fine.
Melissa Carnes, who posted the video, said her and her family were enjoying a day at the drive-thru safari and thought it was off there were nears, ponies, and goats all mixed up in one cage.
“They need to choose wisely what animals they stick together,” Carnes said.
At first she said they thought the bear and pony were playing but now believes the bear was attacking the pony.
Many people were on social media after a video was taken by a park visitor on Sunday, Sept. 1, asking why a pony and bear were in the same pen. As of Monday, Sept. 2, there were more than 1,000 Facebook views of the video and comments.
Three comments posted to the Wild wilderness Drive-Through Safari Facebook page include, “I’m going to need to see this pony and its injuries,” and “I hope you guys come out with a statement as to WHY they would even be in the same enclosure!” Lastly, “Who went in the pen and took the pony away from the bear? Are they ok, too?”
Here is the park’s statement from Business Manager Linda Hook: “Piper the pony is looking good after her bear encounter Sunday, Sept. 1. The vet said she is in good condition with no injuries. We are performing an internal review.”
FOX 24 visited the drive-thru safari on Monday, September 2, to check on the pony named “Piper”.
She had a few scratches and a patch of missing fur.
This is not the first time the park has had to answer to animal treatment complaints.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint involved the violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The safari park had 68 violations between 2012 to 2016, according to the complaint.
The park reopened in March, 2019 after paying a $75,000 fine and making improvements.
The park opened in the early 1970s and covers 400 acres, with a 4-mile drive-through, according to its website.