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Ex-pro wrestler to help lost animals on Ga. island

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Police on Tybee Island say they've hired former professional wrestler Jerry Oates, who once battled a bear in the ring, to be the department's animal control officer.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Tybee Island Police Chief Bob Bryson met the retired wrestler at a local gym, and he seemed like a good fit for the job.

Bryson said Oates brings a lot of energy to the department and has excellent customer service skills.

The 63-year-old Oates began pro wrestling at age 22 in Orlando, and won several titles. He also operated a gym in Columbus for two decades.

Oates lives in nearby Thunderbolt, and rounds up lost pets on Tybee Island as its animal control officer.

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