Saturday, November 21, 2009

2009 trip to Texas: Day 3

We went to the zoo today.

I have mixed feelings about zoos. Most zookeepers justify their existence by claiming that, without zoos, many species of animals would disappear. That their efforts bring us closer to nature. That their research somehow benefits the world.

I really doubt that. I consider it pure entertainment. Nothing wrong with that, of course. It’s a step above the circus, but entertainment, nonetheless. When you see the looks of some of the animals on display, you detect a lack of energy. A sadness. A complete loss of free will. Dependence.

So, with that in mind, off we went to have a fun day at the Dallas Zoo. As zoos go, it’s a pretty good one. And, if you go, bring a kid with you. Half the fun is watching kids marvel at the animals, laugh at the monkeys, and recoil into their parents arms at the sight of crocodiles, snakes and lions.

My favorite exhibit was the children’s zoo, which featured an aviary where you could feed the birds. They landed right on your shoulders and arms and impatiently waited for you to hold your seed coated popsicle stick where they could peck at it.

There were also watercolor painting pigs. I can’t even think of something clever to say about that…

The award for the most entertaining animal was a monkey that swung from limb to vine to limb with grace and athleticism that would be hard to match. He finished his incredible gymnastic performance by swinging onto the twine fence in front of us and then… whizzed in the direction of the awestruck observers. I know he’s planning to improve his range by next summer in order to give the crowd an experience they’ll never forget.

Here’s the slideshow. Click the icon in the bottom right corner with the four arrows pointing out if you want to see it in full screen.

Copyright 2009 Randy Hunt

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful pictures Randy! You made me chuckle reading about the monkey and his likely goal for next summer and you made me see God's awesomeness in the pictures of the beautiful birds and in the eyes of the woman holding her precious son. Thanks!


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