Ignored At The Zoo

Yesterday afternoon Z-D and I went to the zoo.  It was hot and humid outside, but there was a light breeze.  I thought that I might be able to get some fun shots of the animals.  I was wrong.

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We were ignored by a little brown wild bird, even though I was standing about 18″ away from him when I took this photo.

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We were ignored by many turtles who ducked under the water the nanosecond before I clicked this photo.

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We were given the cold shoulder by the okapi…  

… who then wandered to the back of her enclosure, just to make sure that we got the message that we weren’t wanted there.

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We were warned off by this less than friendly sign posted by the gorillas.

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And finally we were ignored by this hippopotamus who had better things to do than pose for the camera.

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It’s a good thing that I have a quite a bit of experience with being ignored– and surviving the emotional shock of such indifference.  Heck, I’m a free spirit in suburbia, remember. Still, I have to admit that I thought that at the zoo, at least, something might pay attention to me, and help me achieve my goal.

But no such luck.  *sigh*

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Ally Bean

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9 thoughts on “Ignored At The Zoo”

  1. Yes Margaret, I did. And there we’re lots more that I didn’t even bother posting. It was funny and ridiculous.

    Beth, agreed. The zoo is always fun for us.

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  2. I hate zoos! I know that most of them say they are doing research but unless a species is threatened and the zoo is involved in a breeding project with hopes of reintroducing it into the the wild there is no reason to keep wild animals in artificial environments so that people can gawk at them.

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  3. Mike, you’re not the first person I’ve known who doesn’t like zoos. There’s something to be said for your point of view. We are keeping wild animals captive for our own selfish entertainment– and, perhaps, a bit of education. It might not be the right thing to do, but I sure do like visiting zoos and seeing all the animals. I’m a gawker. I admit it.

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  4. I’m of mixed feelings about zoos as well. They are somewhat cruel, and yet, in the wild most of these animals would not live long either. Mostly I avoid them, but there are some that are more generous with their space, etc. The San Francisco Zoo is one of the more depressing that I have visited. The Oakland Zoo is much better. I did enjoy the Honolulu Zoo when we went there, and I wasn’t ignored. I loved the way we felt so close to the animals there…
    Here’s a giraffe, saying hello…
    Giraffe

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  5. J, I know what you mean about mixed feelings. I do get it, but I’m curious enough to want to see the animals in person so I go to the zoo.

    Our zoo is delightful; it’s a botanical garden as well as a zoo. There are large areas of planting beds and trees intermixed with the enclosures for the animals. It’s a good place to go for a walk– the paths are well-tended and the hills are gentle.

    Love the giraffe. He’s cute.

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