Catching animals off guard can sometimes cause them to run away, but if you’re lucky enough to catch them sleeping you can see just how vulnerable and peaceful they can be. Even though foxes don’t bring to mind any thoughts of vicious attacks, it’s hard to do anything but smile at this one’s slumbering face. It’s not a fair comparison since foxes are generally some of the cutest animals out there, but it makes me think of any animal having a nap and how gentle they can all seem.
While I was in Florida briefly I decided I was much too close to Everglades National Park to not go visit. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to get to the places I’d really like to, but I did go to Shark Valley Visitor Center where there are a few short trails on boardwalks and paved road through the protected area. The amount of people on bikes and trams didn’t seem to bother the gators at all. They were out in full force. Along with the many gators I also saw a lot of turtles, fish, and birds, including a giant crane that took off while I stood a few feet away. It was a brief visit, but it was a great escape from work and the city.
The Omaha Zoo has everything and birds are no exception. I believe this is a macaw. I should have made note of it, but that’s what my memory tells me anyway. Much like the monkey I shot at this zoo, I sense great sadness in this animal. The more I’ve had time to think about it, the more I feel like no animals should be captive simply for our enjoyment. Even if they are well-cared for, they are really just being held in a box so we can go look at them when we feel like it. They are gorgeous and incredible creatures, but they should be in their own environments, protected there, and maybe if we are lucky and careful enough we could visit them in the wild.
I said recently that I’m unsure about my feelings on zoos. When I look at animals like this that have so much emotion in their face, I feel the word “captivity” a lot more strongly. Though I assume they are treated well at their residence, they are still confined and forced to live an unnatural life. I can’t help but wonder what they might be doing if they were allowed to live a wild and free life. I wonder if they wonder.