EppsNet Archive: Zoos

Could Falling Into a Gorilla Exhibit Happen to Anyone?

2 Jun 2016 /
Harambe, 1999-2016

I hope our boy appreciates that his mom and I never let him fall into a gorilla enclosure. He’s 22 now. Anything he falls into going forward is on him.

I’m not in the “could have happened to anyone” camp on this. The Cincinnati Zoo has more than 1.2 million visitors per year. Out of tens of millions of visitors, only one has fallen into the gorilla exhibit.

A 1 in 10 million occurrence doesn’t fall under the “could have happened to anyone” umbrella in my opinion.

R.I.P. Knut

22 Mar 2011 /
Knut the Polar Bear

It breaks my spirit to see a magnificent animal die in pain in front of all those people.

Folks, if you want to see a polar bear, go to the Arctic Circle. Animals aren’t happy in zoos.

I know you’re thinking, “But Lightning, you live in captivity and you’re happy.”

Even as a house pet, I have more freedom than a zoo animal. My owner takes me on frequent trips to the dog park, where I’m able to exercise my innate dominance of the canine kingdom.

I couldn’t live in an enclosure because I wouldn’t be able to be who I am.

— Lightning paw