Friday, October 30, 2020

Destination: Skunk Ape Headquarters

Josh Gates, Sean, and Dave Shealy.

Josh Gates, Sean, and Dave Shealy.

By Ed Bridle and CBN Staff

Like all teenagers, 15 yr. old Sean West likes watching television. What’s his favorite show? SyFy’s Destination Truth hosted by creator and adventurer, Josh Gates. Sean is not your average teenager though as he is afflicted with the little known DiGeorge Syndrome. Recently his parents Patrick and Patricia found

Sean sees how strong Tank the tortoise is with assistance from Animal Curator Rick Scholle.

Sean sees how strong Tank the tortoise is with assistance from Animal Curator Rick Scholle.

out the Make-A-Wish Foundation had set out on a mission to give Sean a real-life Destination Truth adventure with the opportunity to meet his favorite host. The meeting was held in the Florida Everglades at Skunk Ape Headquarters. Destination Truth had previously featured the elusive skunk ape in an episode.

Skunk ape expert and researcher

Sean and Josh Gates with Dodo the Cockatoo. Photos by Ed Bridle

Sean and Josh Gates with Dodo the Cockatoo. Photos by Ed Bridle

Dave Shealy discussed skunk ape sightings with Sean and Josh. Sean’s parents had t-shirts made that read ‘Digeorge and Sean and Team Truth’ for both Sean and Josh. They toured the animal exhibit at the headquarters and finished the day off with a picnic lunch. Sean has not stopped smiling since the encounter with Josh.

 


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