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[Jul. 19th, 2007|08:08 am]
Verminius Rex
Apparently someone was stupid at our KC zoo.
Ladies and gentlemen, do not taunt happy fun hippos.

[User Picture]From: jendaby
2007-07-19 01:31 pm (UTC)
Gah. Is it just me, or are there more and more reports these days of idiots taunting zoo animals? And if the hippos had killed them, their families would probably sue the zoo. Blarg. Dumbasses.
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From: rowangolightly
2007-07-19 03:23 pm (UTC)
No, unfortunately it's not recent. It's been a problem for a number of years and it isn't always teenagers. I worked for a summer at that Zoo and people would do the stupidest things around the kangaroos! Like the guy who wanted to put his todler into the kangaroos' pouch to take a picture....no really.
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[User Picture]From: jendaby
2007-07-19 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sure people have always done such asinine things, but it seems like there have been a higher number of reoprts about this happening with the more dangerous animals in the past decade...like the polar bear and the tiger incidents last year...

As for kangaroos (I love kangaroos), while I have never attempted to touch one, I sang a song to one at the DC zoo once. I am a dork. :)
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From: rowangolightly
2007-07-19 05:42 pm (UTC)
*grin* You're no more a dork than I am....I used to sit and talk to them and sing songs to them. Of course, only when there weren't patrons around!

There've always been stupid people doing stupid things around animals at Zoos....it's why the Keepers really prefer the animals to humans! I think the news reporting is just getting better on it.

What I'd like to see is the new Primate exhibit in (Chicago?) where they've installed buttons on the Chimps' side of the glass that lets loose a short blast of cold air on the patrons. I've always maintained that we're their tv or movies, we entertain them and not really the other way around.
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[User Picture]From: astein142
2007-07-19 03:03 pm (UTC)
Dumbasses is exactly the word I was thinking. I saw two different reports on the incident. One said they were from out of town, the other said they had snuck into the zoo without paying admission.

On a related note, if teenage hormones cause teenage boys to do such stupid things, how do they ever manage to survive to adulthood?
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[User Picture]From: regine735
2007-07-19 04:37 pm (UTC)
I think this is nature's way of weeding out the unfit.

Just a thought --
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