Texas animal park stages mass fridge raid amid power outages

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Hold the bacon and green onions, please!

Houston area residents broke open their powerless refrigerators to respond to a wildlife park’s request to donate food that spoiled during this week’s power outages.

TGR Exotics Wildlife Park posted a note on Facebook Thursday asking residents not to throw away their spoiled groceries.

Many homes in the area were without power for nearly a week, after a massive winter storm dropped snow and ice on the typically warm state, and brought unusually cold temperatures, dropping below zero in some regions.

“Hello! If you have produce (fruit/vegetables), eggs or raw meat/chicken (unprocessed or unseasoned) that was in your frig that you feel is not good for your family, WE WOULD LOVE to have it!!,” the park said in the post, which was shared more than 2,600 times. “The animals will eat it as long as it’s not moldy.”

A Texas wildlife center, TGR Exotics Wildlife Park, called on the community to donate their power outage spoiled foods to feed the animals and the response was great.
A Texas wildlife center, TGR Exotics Wildlife Park, called on the community to donate their power outage spoiled foods to feed the animals and the response was great.
TGR Exotics Wildlife Park/Facebook

The park warned that the animals couldn’t have things like onions or garlic and sadly, no bacon, seafood or lunch meat. But most of the rest of the contents of warming fridges were welcomed.

On Friday, the park posted a thank you stating, “Your food loss is greatly appreciated!”

A Texas wildlife center, TGR Exotics Wildlife Park, called on the community to donate their power outage spoiled foods to feed the animals and the response was great--from their Facebook:
The park warned that the animals couldn’t have things like onions or garlic.
TGR Exotics Wildlife Park/Facebook

A few hours later, another post aimed to stem the flow of good will.

“What an AMAZING community we have!! Thank you everyone for cleaning out your frig/freezer and sharing it with the animals. We have more than enough meat, our freezers are full!”

“But if you still have produce we would love to have it!”

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