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Life is not a Disney movie and wild animals do not want to be your friend




Tom Batchelor puts his hand in the mouth of an alligator during a wildlife show at the Gator Park in the Florida Everglades n Miami-Dade County.
Tom Batchelor puts his hand in the mouth of an alligator during a wildlife show at the Gator Park in the Florida Everglades n Miami-Dade County.
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Tourists in Yellowstone made the worst kind of international headlines last week when they hoisted a lone baby bison into the back of their car in a misguided attempt to rescue it.

The calf was then put down when rangers could not get the herd to accept its return.

Despite literal signs and continued headlines about the dangers of approaching wildlife, why do some humans still get up close and personal with animals?

Guests:

Paul Brinkmann, senior digital reporter for business at the Orlando Sentinel where he’s been following entertainment’s impact on wildlife

David Mizejewski, naturalist and media spokesperson, National Wildlife Federation

Teresa Telecky, Director of Wildlife for Humane Society International