Australian Wildlife Wonderland park in Victoria has been sitting abandoned since 2012. An urbex named Luke McPherson grew up visiting this park since he was a little boy. He was fascinated at the thought of making his urban exploration into these ruins, not knowing what he’d find behind the gates. Story of Abandoned Wildlife Park.
Luke first upload video in Youtube back in November 2018 but the clip is going viral because of something he found inside one of the many rooms left to forget. When he enters inside he found something Floating in a huge tank filled with murky water and green formaldehyde was Rosie — a taxidermied 16.5-foot great white shark.
Rosie was captured in 1998 in the tuna fishing nets of South Australia.
Her body was supposed to be kept at Wonderland Park, but she ended up there permanently instead. She was preserved in chemicals that would allow her to be on public display in museums and wildlife centers, but because she was not gutted like in most taxidermy, Luke says her body was completely solid and in near-perfect condition.
In 2012, the park reportedly closed because it was in breach of the Australian Wildlife Act. The live animals were surrendered to the Royal Society, while Rosie was left there to eerily float motionless in her tank for years. “ Rosie is no longer fully submerged,” Luke says.
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