MOHICAN STATE PARK — A park ranger in Ohio is being praised for making life just a little bit better for the state’s wildlife.
Ranger Steve Jordon is winning praise from animal rights groups after building a swimming pool for forest creatures.
Jordan, who said that he used his own funds to build the pool, assured reporters he wasn’t just another liberal “rights guy.”
“For me, it was more about trying to give something back to things that have given so much to me,” Jordan said recently as a deer frolicked in the water behind him.
“I think a lot of times we forget that animals can be people too, they have wants, needs, and desires,” he added. “And let’s face it. Most of these creatures don’t have the slightest idea how to build something like a pool.”
The award-winning ranger was applauded by the group Animals Without Luxuries, or AWL, which works to provide human amenities to non-humans.
“This is probably one of the coolest things anyone’s ever done for wildlife,” said the group’s founder and president, Bill Walker. “Last year when someone in Michigan built a family of bears a treehouse, I thought that was awesome.
“But this pool takes the cake,” Walker said, adding that he expects park animals will spread the word quickly about their new amenity.
Asked if he believed that his pool would only serve to worsen animal immigration, Jordan seem unconcerned.
“Let them come,” he said. “All wildlife are welcome in this pool.”