Call Of The Wildman

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Call Of The Wildman

Travis DeSimone.


Let me go on record and say that I am not a big fan of reality television. The only kind of reality shows I can stomach are documentaries. I found a show recently that captivated me, Call Of The Wildman. The show follows the adventures of Ernie Lee Brown Jr. A.K.A. The Turtleman, as he travels across the backwoods of Kentucky catching animals with his bare hands.

In 2006 the world was introduced to Turtleman when a cable access show put a video of him on Youtube and it went viral. Five years later the Animal Planet gave Ernie his own show. Watching the man work is interesting, he regularly dives head first into murky ponds to catch giant snapping turtles. Other times his picking up wild raccoons by the scruff of the neck, or wrestling turkeys to the ground, all the while letting out his “Rebel Indian Yell” of “EYEYEYEYEYEYEYEYE!”.

This show is definitely entertaining because of a certain humorous aspect. The self described hill-billy often gets paid less than sixty dollars for helping people with their animal problems, sometimes he gets paid in eggs from a chicken farm, or canned green beans. Don’t think that I only recommend this show at Ernie’s expense, I think the reason it really succeeds is because this man is doing what he loves, and that is always going to be fun to watch.

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Turtleman on Animal Planet