Posted by: Jack | July 13, 2008

Forgotten Zoo Photos

Some time ago, Anna and I spent an afternoon at the Oregon Zoo, taking advantage of a bike-here-and-get-free-admission deal. When comparing my animal-viewing enthusiasm with that of the hordes of children, I found that the years in which a zoo offered real entertainment are in my past.

Sidenote: If you’re wanting to become a parent in the near future, don’t goto the zoo. The kids are alright — for the most part — but the parents are miserable, and many redirect their self-loathing towards their children. I can’t understand why such people pay money to put themselves in those situations.

On to the photos…

Anyone else find it odd that zoo animals are often given very unnatural play things?

When we first came upon the Malayan Sun Bear (below) I was pleased to see an animal that isn’t a default inclusion in every zoo — likely because of its unsightliness. Such sentiments were quickly overwhelmed by a feeling of Wow, that thing is ugly!

Evolving alongside wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards, lions and jackals, its amazing that the gerenuk — a type of antelope — still exists today. Talk about vulnerable.

Of all that we saw, the weaver birds were easily the most impressive. For an animal with no hands, and feet whose dexterity is pretty much limited to the opened or closed positions, these birds demonstrated an amazing aptitude for tying intricate knots in order to form their nests.

The lorikeet on the other hand — drawing a much larger crowd — sure looks nice, but doesn’t seem to do much of anything.

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