I think you know how much I hate zoos.
To me they're like animal prisons, and, sure enough, the prisoners/animals have similar pathological behaviors like rocking, swaying, and sodomizing young punks in the showers.
Here's the equivalent of getting punked out in SuperMax, this time at the National Zoo in Washington, where a suicidal or just plain panicked whitetail doe lept into the (as you can see from the film) senselessly small lion enclosure.What this makes me think is how absolutely mad it is that we keep these great predators in tiny holes for our own entertainment. THIS is what they do; it is neither entertaining nor majestic but rather a bloody, frightful thing that serves to remind us that for the unpaved portion of the world much of life is bloody and frightful. No standard-issue American would want to or pay to see this, even though it is central to what lions are all about, and what predators and predation are all about. It's been too long since we were anything but the apex predator. When we were prey, this was all too often how our lives ended.
The truth is that life is often about (as Mrs. Lovett said) "who gets eaten and who gets to eat." This sad little video reminding us of that truth points out the degree to which zoos are nothing but a lie and a mockery of the animals imprisoned within. They really need to vanish the way of the minstrel show, Lydia Pinkham's Tonic, and the dog-faced boy in the midway.
Perhaps we could keep the cockroaches and a frog or three.
(h/t to Nancy Nall for the cool video)
Update 11/9 p.m.: Meghan mentioned this '89 Nick Park video, which is too clever and too funny - and uncomfortable in a revealing sort of way - not to include. So here is "Creature Comforts":