You guys, something extraordinary happened to me a few weeks ago. Something that has vastly improved my life. That something is a television show called “Call of the Wildman”. A few friends of mine shared this show with me and I feel it is my duty, nay, my honor, to share it with you.
A little introduction. “Call of the Wildman” is a show that airs on Animal Planet on Sundays at 10pm Eastern. It’s a show about Ernie Brown Jr. , better known as the “Turtleman”. He is absolutely brilliant. Turtleman captures wild animals in Kentucky and then releases them back into the wild or relocates them to animal sanctuaries. Did I mention he catches most of the animals bare-handed? I’ve only seen him use gloves a couple times and traps once. And when I say “wild animals” I mean wild animals, including skunks, raccoons, bats, snakes, groundhogs, possums, and large snapping turtles. Again, he catches these with his bare hands. Seriously y’all, it’s amazing. He’s so sweet with the animals and even the meanest of them get treated kindly and gently by Turtleman. One of his biggest concerns in every episode it capturing the animals without hurting them. He’s a gem of a man.
You might be wondering what someone in the Turtleman’s line of work gets paid, well, let me tell you, it isn’t much. Although I’m sure he gets paid to have the cameras follow him around, the Turtleman very rarely accepts large amounts of cash from his clients. More often he gets a basket of eggs, homemade cookies/pies, potatoes, or as often as not, nothing at all. He simply takes joy in his job and treats each one of his clients like family. He’s absolutely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever seen. And let me tell you about his best friend/partner/administrative assistant Neil. Neil may sound like a backwoods Kentucky boy but he sure is the voice of reason on this show. He’s always looking out for the Turtleman and is one of the most sincere people ever caught on camera. The two of them together make one of the radest teams the world has ever known.
I am crazy about this show. It’s only been on for one season and I’m already anxious for the next one. And to think, this all started because a local news show did a segment of the Turtleman that landed on youtube and caused a huge sensation. Isn’t social media swell? Take a look at the Turtleman in action….
Awesome, right? It totally is. Turtleman got paid a homemade apple pie for catching that snake with his bare hands. True story.
Seriously y’all, watch this show, it will bring joy to your life.