Trial Continues for Cricket Hollow Zoo

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – A judge overseeing a trial to determine whether The Cricket Hollow Zoo just outside of Manchester should be closed says she gagged on the ‘horrible stench” while touring the facility.

Judge Monica Wittig shared her reaction with those in attendance on Wednesday, the first day of the state trial in Manchester regarding the animal park. Four plaintiffs have sued to have the animals removed and the zoo closed. It’s owned by Pam and Tom Sellner.

Wednesday’s proceedings included testimony by Tracey Kuehl, one of the four plaintiffs. Kuehl described the zoo stench during a 2012 visit and recalled seeing a lion repeatedly ramming itself into the side of the corn crib in which it was contained.