I ask because I work at the zoo, and lately we have been getting a lot of flak over an incident that occurred with one of our youngest animals. Our male reticulate giraffe calf, of whom was born on September 9th, 2015, unfortunately passed away.
He was very playful and excited, and was galloping around a new exhibit that was made for him in the new African Adventures expansion, and he ran into the fence, snapping his neck and killing him instantly.
I’m honestly heart broken. It’s very sad, and nothing like this has happened before. I was starting to let it go, when another incident occurred.
At zoos across the world, capybaras (think giant guinea pigs) are paired in exhibits with anteaters. This is do to their peaceful coexistence with each other, and the fact that they don’t compete for food.
It’s unknown how it occurred, but one of our oldest capybaras got into a fight with the anteater. The anteater won. Anteater have large talons that are used primarily for breaking into massive ant hills, and it used those effectively in its fight with the capybara. Nothing like this has ever happened at the zoo, and both of these incidents occurred over the span of one week.
Fortunately most of the feedback from the public has been positive, and I’m very greatful for that. We take very good care of our animals, myself included, and this is honestly very disheartening.
So I ask, what’s your honest opinion on zoos? I don’t know why I’m asking this. Maybe I’m just looking for some reassurance or closure or something? I don’t know, I’m not good at emotion stuffs.