Some contestants from Bear Grylls’ reality TV show The Island killed and ate a rare crocodile.
Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls has been sparking quite some controversy over the past decades. People are either disgusted or fascinated by him and his adventurous achievements. Grylls’ new reality TV show, however, is currently in the limelight and it’s all for the wrong reasons.
The 40 year old adventurer’s TV show The Island was aired a year ago on Channel 4 and it follows the story of a bunch of people stranded on a deserted island. The “contestants”, who are stuck living on one of the Pearl Islands in Panama, have to deal with the harsh living conditions on the island. Now some of the contestants from The Island have been accused of performing an act of animal cruelty. They killed and ate an extremely rare crocodile, because they mistook it for a common caiman. The contestants were under the effect of extreme hunger and attacked the crocodile, oblivious to the fact that he belonged to the family of an endangered species. In fact, the crocodile was so rare that it was protected under the Endangered Species Act, thus, his harassment, let alone killing, was absolutely forbidden.
The producers of the show, as well as the contests, had no idea that the crocodile was rare. They made a formal apology on the show and in the media stating that they had already checked with some officials in order to make sure no endangered species were living in the area, where the show is being filmed. Unfortunately, it turned out there were endangered creatures living there. According to official reports, the crocodile has already been replaced with another one and the show hasn’t been pulled from production.