I have a startling confession to make. I don’t really talk about it too much. It’s just one of those things that one keeps to themselves most of the time. I don’t like zoo’s. There! I said it for the world to hear!
When I’ve gone to zoo’s, they always leave me with a bad taste in my mouth and they always make me feel sad inside. Quiet. Melancholy. I don’t feel bad for things like turtles or small animals like the bunnies or chickens. The reptiles, they seem happy. As happy as a turtle can seem that is. The one and only time I’ve gone to the zoo as a paying adult was one year when a cousin from Canada was here and we went to the Minnesota Zoo with them. I went to the Como Park zoo and the Minnesota zoo more times than I can count as a parent volunteer when the boys were in school and I never told anyone how I REALLY felt about zoo’s.
I mean when the Minnesota zoo opened up, it was so beautiful. The animals seemed to have a lot of room to roam around and there was so much land. They have an awesome monorail to ride in and see a lot of the animals in their “natural habitat” (if that’s possible in a zoo). But things like dolphins and polar bears, those are really the animals I feel bad for. It’s the same swimming and diving loops for them and they seem so cramped. Those animals don’t look happy.
Okay fine. I don’t like zoo’s so what’s the big deal? This is the big deal. A Mexican wolf was shot and killed after it got out of its enclosure at the Minnesota Zoo Wednesday morning. Shot and killed!!! Boy, this makes my blood boil only because of the circumstances. Now they put these animals in a cage and then they are careless and didn’t repair a “small opening” that the wolf worked on to get out. A woman and her daughter went to an emergency box and called officials to tell them a wolf was out and they stormed in and just shot the wolf without trying anything else!
Okay, I know this has potential problems written all over it but the people there said the wolf was calm and nobody was in any imminent danger. Why not round everyone up and then try to tranquillize the wolf and put it back? They say it takes too long and “what if” someone got hurt? First of all, these animals are used to people and by all accounts, nobody was concerned for anyone.
Well, I’m not the only one who’s appalled by this. I guess they were just flooded with people mad about this wolf being shot as a first resort. Now the zoo is defending their actions because there was such a public outcry.
I’m the first person who would want public safety first. I’d be the first one to say you have to do what you have to do but I think this was lousy of the zoo. I think they panicked and stormed in there like a SWAT team and their first reaction was to shoot the wolf. The woman who called it in said the wolf was calm and nobody was panicked and they were safe in the emergency box. It was also negligent of the zoo not to fix that “wiggle room” opening that the wolf got out of in the first place. Shooting this wolf to kill it, in my opinion should have been the last resort and not the first.
This just makes me sad and it’s still on the news and every time I hear it I feel bad all over again. How do you feel about zoo’s? How does this make you feel? I know I’ll never go to that zoo again and after reading some of the blogs, I’m not the only one who feels this way. There are people who were there that say this never had to happen and they’ll never go back.