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Wyatt and his Animal Planet Extravaganza

Wyatt wished to meet Jeremy Wade from "River Monsters"

“ Animal Planet creates a great day in Wyatt’s life. ”

Imagine your surprise if a lamprey, a scale-less, large-eyed, tube-like creature that looks like an eel, clamped on to your hand. For many, it would be a terrifying experience. For 12-year-old Wyatt, an avid “River Monsters” and Jeremy Wade fan, this was a wish come true and the start to a perfect day.

The behind-the-scenes celebrity experience continued for Wyatt, who was able to watch Jeremy get interviewed by the Huffington Post. He was even able to spend a few minutes interviewing Wade, who, in turn, asked Wyatt a few questions himself. When the interview wrapped up, Wyatt was invited into a screening room to see a few scenes from a lamprey film that was under production. This allowed the video team producing the movie an opportunity to show Wyatt the ins-and-outs of video editing and production.

Later, the “River Monsters’” film crew invited Wyatt to join Jeremy in filming a promotional video for the lamprey movie. Using a green screen and editing software, the team was able to re-create a true “River Monster” experience, complete with fishing, boating and some stuffed-lamprey wrangling.  

Surprise Encounters at Animal Planet HQ

While all of this “River Monsters” themed fun was happening at Animal Planet headquarters, another of Wyatt’s favorite Animal Planet stars – Pete Nelson, from “Treehouse Masters” – walked by. Caught off-guard and completely star-struck, Wyatt couldn’t believe that another of his favorite celebrities was so close to him. After seeing his interest in Pete and his show, Animal Planet was able to coordinate a few minutes for Wyatt to meet with the skilled builder and talk about treehouses.

The long but rewarding day was concluded with a full lunch buffet and a spread of Animal Planet, “River Monsters” and “Treehouse Masters” swag for Wyatt to take home and enjoy. Although he wasn’t able to fish that day, Animal Planet provided Wyatt with a tackle box, fishing rod, fisherman’s hat and vest and many other fishing-centric items. That evening, on his limo ride back to the hotel where he was staying, Wyatt confessed that he had just experienced the second-best day of his life ­only eclipsed by the day he woke up from his liver transplant.  

Thanks to our friends at Animal Planet for making it possible to grant wishes like Wyatt’s. You can learn more about “River Monsters” and Animal Planet, visit

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Cheryl W.

It's so wonderful to see celebrities work for good causes👏👏

March 11, 2015 - 1:39 PM

nancy c.

I am so thankful for all that Make-A-Wish does and I am proud that we are monthly donors

March 11, 2015 - 2:23 PM

John @ Make-A-Wish

Thank you for the kind words, Nancy, and thank you for your financial support. Your monthly donation makes a positive impact in the lives of wish kids and their families.

March 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM


What a great wish. I love to see the diversity of the wishes granted and how individual each wish is. My son was the recipient of a Make-A-Wish and I love to support this wonderful program. A big thanks to everyone involved!!!

March 11, 2015 - 4:11 PM

Bettina J. H.

Wyatt, I am so happy, thrilled and thank God for your Make-A-Wish come true experiment. I have been a Wish Granter for many years and have granted MANY wishes for boys and girls and to see the joy, happiness and thankfulness their faces show makes my heart so happy and I am always so thankful to God for these wishes coming true for everyone.. I am so thankful toGod and happy your surgery was a success. I wish you many of God's richest blessings. Maybe some day we can meet each other. I live in Indianapolis, IN. God Bless You and I hope you continue to feel better each day. Your Friend, Ms. Bettina J. H. Indianapolis Make-A-Wish Office.

March 11, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Melissa P.

I was very fortunate to accompany Wyatt on this wish experience and can't adequately express how amazingly happy he looked the entire day. There were times he even had to remove himself from the interview room because he needed a moment to freak out, hug his parents, thank them, and compose himself. I felt so honored and thankful to witness such an amazing moment and day for such a special and deserving kid and family. If anyone who reads this has the time to devote, please consider volunteering for this amazing organization, you'll be so glad you did!

March 11, 2015 - 5:43 PM

felicia r.

Make-A-Wish is a wonderful organization!

March 11, 2015 - 7:09 PM


Make-A-Wish is wonderful!

March 12, 2015 - 10:41 AM

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