I am sitting at the hotel, waiting for game time and I’m trying to visit Roxanne and Robin Andrea and Big Dave but I keep getting "internal error" notes. I think this is not a blog friendly place. It is, clearly, a Cardinal friendly place. This lobby is wild with red. Did they win? Did the Tiger’s win? Did the game get rained out? I don’t know yet. But this guy was absolutely insistent about making his presence known so I wanted to show him off for Friday’s Ark. I’ll post date this for tomorrow.
I have very mixed feelings about zoos- a sort of love/hate relationship with them. Some, including the Detroit Zoo of my childhood, make me crazy. They are not fit for beast nor beast. Thus far, I have a very favorable impression of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Because it is free and close I wander up several times a week to visit one or another of the enclosures. I haven’t observed any stereotypical behaviors, anxious pacing, obsessive grooming. Everyone seems relaxed and comfortable. The place is clean and educational.
Who knows? As it stands now, the vast majority of big cats, giraffes, elephants and lowland gorillas are all in captivity in the sense that they are under the protective umbrella of humans. Those that aren’t suffer unspeakable cruelty through poaching. So I guess it becomes a question of how we protect our fellow creatures on this planet and under what conditions. Starting Monday I will be at the zoo with the docents who work there, with good hearts and an eye towards being a part of the solution.
When I went to the zoo for my seal serenade on Tuesday, per Abby’s
instructions, the animals were happy and frisky with the cool temps and
bright sun. The seals were shooting around on their backs, the gibbons
were swinging with abandon and then there was the lion. He was standing
on his rock giving new meaning to ROAR. His roar filled the zoo and
bounced off tall apartment buildings that surround the park. It was
quite impressive. And after he roared and roared and drew a crowd of
about fifty people, he sat down and did that thing that cats do.
And then he looked quite pleased with himself.