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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:51 AM

This is a link to a video currently on BBC News which is rather comical. I do hope the zoo fed the poor animal later.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:34 PM

lol thats funny.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:02 PM

Many years ago, when my daughter was 3 or 4 years old, we visited the Cape May zoo, here in NJ. It's a small, but very well-run zoo.

As we were walking along the paved path we reached a (securely) fenced in tiger compound. The tiger was resting in the sun, in the grass at the corner of the compound. When my daughter reached the corner of the compound the tiger got up. And, as my daughter walked past, the tiger started walking along parallel to her, keeping its head turned and its eyes on her the whole time. The tiger only stopped when it reached the far corner of the fence, and then stood there watching as my daughter continued on.

I found it disturbing.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:31 AM

Many years ago, when my daughter was 3 or 4 years old, we visited the Cape May zoo, here in NJ. It's a small, but very well-run zoo.

As we were walking along the paved path we reached a (securely) fenced in tiger compound. The tiger was resting in the sun, in the grass at the corner of the compound. When my daughter reached the corner of the compound the tiger got up. And, as my daughter walked past, the tiger started walking along parallel to her, keeping its head turned and its eyes on her the whole time. The tiger only stopped when it reached the far corner of the fence, and then stood there watching as my daughter continued on.

I found it disturbing.

I think that's just nature. Fully grown animals tend to attack the youngest of a particular breed because the latter offers less resistance. You see this all the time in nature films where any big cats such as lions are hunting Wildebeest for food. They separate the calf from its mother and attack that rather than deal with the larger animal. I would imagine that the calf will also be a lot tastier than a tough old adult.

There were no children around when this incident took place though: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14229381

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

I love the Zoo. Have been to the Cape May also.. Mostly I go to the Bronx,Central Park and Staten Island zoos. In the Bronx Zoo I've slept over a few times with my kids (they have these offers for members).. Now I had no problem falling asleep there,but when a lion roared in the n middle of the night I was was wide awake right quick!!
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

I love the Zoo. Have been to the Cape May also.. Mostly I go to the Bronx,Central Park and Staten Island zoos. In the Bronx Zoo I've slept over a few times with my kids (they have these offers for members).. Now I had no problem falling asleep there,but when a lion roared in the n middle of the night I was was wide awake right quick!!

Sleep in a Zoo? In a hotel you mean, or just rent your own cage for the night? :lmao:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:20 PM

LOL,, Several groups get to do a Safari experience.. It's really cool. You sleep in small pup tents. They take you for a walk in the Zoo at night. I did it twice with the kids. Felt they would enjoy a bit more when they were early teens. They did!
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:31 PM

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I think that's just nature. Fully grown animals tend to attack the youngest of a particular breed because the latter offers less resistance. You see this all the time in nature films where any big cats such as lions are hunting Wildebeest for food. They separate the calf from its mother and attack that rather than deal with the larger animal. I would imagine that the calf will also be a lot tastier than a tough old adult.
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Oh, I know. It still bothered me that something was thinking about my daughter as "food."

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:07 AM

Oh, I know. It still bothered me that something was thinking about my daughter as "food."

Yes, I can imagine. There was a case quite recently where a woman and and another family were allowed into a cage with captive cheetahs who were supposed to be tame, but they grabbed a child and when the woman tried to protect her, they turned on her as well. It was on BBCNews, don't know if you saw it.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:10 AM

LOL,, Several groups get to do a Safari experience.. It's really cool. You sleep in small pup tents. They take you for a walk in the Zoo at night. I did it twice with the kids. Felt they would enjoy a bit more when they were early teens. They did!

Do they put the lights on, or do you have to grope around in the dark? It would make it much more authentic if you couldn't see where you were going.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:20 PM

Yep it was dark .moonlight... We travalled with a safari guide. kids got lightsticks so we wouldn't lose them.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:17 AM

Yep it was dark .moonlight... We travalled with a safari guide. kids got lightsticks so we wouldn't lose them.

How big is that zoo then? Makes it sound like the Serengeti national park.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:13 PM

Well its 260 acres attached to the 260 acre NY Botanical Gardens/ its pretty big.

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