With reference to
the National Geographic article on the Chimelong Elephants. I don't know about you but I was not
convinced by the photos or the video that anything was seriously wrong. There
may be of course but I was unconvinced. The movement of these young animals to
China has been a big item on the anti-captivity agenda for many months now and
they seem to not wanting to let it go. Photographs and video can so easily lie.
To me the most
interesting aspect of the article is in relation to that about the young
African Elephants destined to go to the USA (U.S. Zoos Work to Relocate
Elephants, Making Room for Rhinos in Africa). What is the difference…really?
The real difference is the way that the stories are covered. Chimelong were
secretive. The US is not. The press are in general anti China (especially in
connection to animals) but not when it comes to the US. The US article suggests
that the animals will be culled if they don't take them. That is true. It is
equally true with the Chimelong animals.
Sticking with China
for a moment though. Giving live rabbits to tiger cubs to improve their hunting
skills is a nonsense . They are never going to be released and so don't need to
hunt, ever. Stating they haven't got teeth yet is another bit of crap. They
have and they are sharp and painful. I'm not against them having a rabbit but
for heaven's sake kill it first.
And the damned
Monkey School. What gets me most here is that the Daily Mail appear to not be
able to see anything wrong. That is such a pity. I daresay their reporter comes
from the 'fun with dead mice' school.
I have three staff
in the Bahamas this week, all giving talks at the IMATA conference. Keeping my
fingers crossed for them. They have worked so very hard…but they do all of the
The item about the
child bitten by a venomous snake in the zoo caused me to remember that the same
thing happened to me a while back. I was bitten on the foot by a Russell's
Viper in a zoo in Thailand that I was visiting. I was a bit off the beaten
track in the back of the facility when something sort of rolled under my flip
flop. As I looked down the snake was biting my foot. It was all over in a flash
and the snake headed off. One small pinprick in the top of my foot and one
tooth embedded in the cross piece of the flip flop. I kept the tooth but lost
it somewhere a year or so later. I was fine, a lot luckier than most. I didn't
run or panic but rather sat down under a tree and started to write in my
notebook. As I felt no effects after fifteen minutes I moved on. How do I know
it was a Russells? Because I had kept and bred dozens some years previously.
There are a few
articles on the tragedy in New Zealand below. It has been covered by most every
newspaper. Since when though did Mr Antle become the 'Tiger Commentator'? He
would be the last person I would go to for a comment on anything.
Every now and again
on Facebook I see photos posted by Zookeepers doing 'fun' things with dead or
frozen mice. Maybe I am just different because I never see anything funny in
them at all. I may have killed a million mice….it won't be far off, but I have never
seen anything funny about it. A life is a life and deserves some degree of
respect. I wonder if this same group of keepers would do 'fun' things with dead
chimpanzees, or meerkats or or or.
I remain committed to the work of GOOD zoos, not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
Tiger and lion cubs attack rabbits at a Chinese zoo as survival training before being released into the wild… but don’t worry, they haven’t got any teeth yet
Class, stop monkeying around! Chinese zoo opens a performing school for macaques
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