But little did the bear know that her new home wouldn’t be much better. After all, at the Deer Haven Mini Zoo in Maryland, all Lily found was the cold, hard floor of her corn crib.
Like other roadside zoos, Deer Haven featured a menagerie of animals for passing motorists to stop and see. However, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums rarely if ever accredits such zoos. Therefore, the facilities have no obligation to provide a high standard of care for their exhibits.
As a result, roadside zoos often notoriously fail to provide adequate food, shelter or veterinary care for their animals. Indeed, creatures are often crammed into tiny, dirty cages that don’t even try to replicate their natural habitats.