Back in June, Cierra Huffman, a disgruntled marine mammal trainer-turned TikTok star formerly employed by Gulf World, posted the first in a series of videos that accused a teenage dog groomer and her family of “stealing” her dog. It was later revealed that the Australian Shepherd, named Indie, was in the process of being adopted by a local couple in their sixties after having to have been rehomed four times. Since then, the owner’s family has filed a case against Ms. Huffman for doxing them on social media. Also, she has gone on to attack the entire town of Peru, Indiana for not “helping” her get her former pet back.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has not been kind to the zoo and aquarium community, for it has seen many facilities be forced to either furlough or layoff their staff members. Meanwhile, some facilities have begun to experience some serious financial problems to the point where they were forced to shut down for good. Those facilities are currently struggling to re home their animals at surviving facilities, who would otherwise be euthanized if such facilities were not found.
In the latest chapter of The Real Queens of Wakanda, I now place all focus on a marine mammal trainer of color who is based at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. Arrion Williams has been working with marine mammals at Georgia Aquarium since 2015 after spending several years volunteering at the aquarium. Now, she shares her story of how she became a marine mammal trainer, which all started with a trip to SeaWorld Orlando when she was just six years old.
It has been over two decades since the Harry Potter series was first introduced to the world through the first of seven books. From there, this internationally renowned book series would give way to a franchise that saw eight films, several spin-offs, live stage productions, creative cosplays, and an endless series of fanfictions across the internet. It has even given wave to several theme park attractions at Universal Studios parks in both Japan and North America.
On July 13th, 2020, Tara Riemer, CEO of The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska, announced that the facility was facing the possibility of closing its doors for good, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was all based on the facility’s projections following a loss of revenue that is needed to provide animal care for both the animal residents and the marine mammals that are currently being rehabilitated.