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Thursday, September 11, 2008
I swear this is not an endorsement for the GOP
I'm divided on the whole "zoo thing." Majestic wild animals, sometimes kept in cramped, psychologically-damaging conditions, don't quite trump my desire to look at them up close. It might have something to do with a week-long protest I witnessed back in college where an undergrad locked herself inside a cage on a lawn across from the administration building to draw attention to the plight of the country's "incarcerated tiger population."
Ok, I'm lying. I thought that was hilarious. Zoos make me nervous because all the cages remind me of where I have to spend forty or more hours a week.
But the one/two combo of real, live beasts from faraway lands and unbridled cuteness outweighed my reservations during a day-off from work yesterday. I went to see the new addition to the Asian elephant exhibit at the Oregon Zoo.
(shut-up nagging, uber-liberal conscience)
The dim lighting inside the viewing area really messed with my camera, thus the decision to go with black and white.
For those who haven't witnessed the constant local news coverage, this little guy, who will be officially named tomorrow, was born three weeks ago.
A few factoids about elephant calves I didn't know until 3 PM yesterday:
Tiger: "That undergrad can cram it. This soooo beats hustling in the backwoods of Thailand. Zzzzzzz."
Until they show up on the Today Show to promote that book, here's a sideways You Tube video of the little guy bein' all adorable and workin' his mojo for the crowd. Not having a video editor on my laptop really messes with my ability to post right-side-up clips.