The last time I visited our little zoo, Ava was a toddler and my daughter didn’t want me to bring along my camera. This should be family time, she said, and she wasn’t wrong. So, zoo faces became secondary and I focused on Ava’s. If I wasn’t chasing after her, I was enjoying her facial expressions at different exhibits. She especially liked giraffes.
It took me few years to go back, this time with my camera and a friend who didn’t insist on just friend time. I’m big, I mean HUGE, animal lover and I was ecstatic to go. First we saw tigers’ exhibit and once the initial excitement faded, sadness emerged. These poor animals should be running, crawling, flying, swimming, or whatever they do, freely or at least in a big enough space.
You could clearly sense their despair. Or maybe that’s just me. My daughter thinks I’m an animal whisperer, lol. But seriously! Nipping at their own feathers until bare skin shows, crouching in the furthest and darkest corners of their cages or staring blankly into space doesn’t translate “hey, I’m happy here” to me.
Just look at those sad creatures of God. Beautiful, but pathetic nonetheless. If you saw this zoo you too would wish to build them large shelters and provide better care. You and I both know they will never be free. This was it, my friends! No more going to the zoo for me. I can’t get their faces out of my head. And besides, there were no giraffes this time!
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It was downright depressing. Sorry if I ruined your day. To cheer you up, I’m offering photos of free living critters and creatures. OK, they’re mostly birds from my backyard but there are a few surprises you don’t want to miss. See you there!