So, the family went to the zoo on Saturday. Then another zoo on Sunday. There were baby animals and a lot of fun. Never been to the Prospect Zoo (Saturday) before and Bronx Zoo (Sunday) is a lifelong favorite. Starting with the Prospect Zoo and then the Bronx Zoo, but I’m showing something from the first trip at the end with a small story.
With a Little Story
I like these pics for an extra reason. Prior to my son sitting there and waving to the baboon, there were a bunch of kids harassing it. It was sitting there chewing on a large stick, but these kids would bang the glass, shout, and run at the baboon. The goal was to get the poor thing to snarl and bang back at the glass. Only one parent stepped in to stop their child while the rest weren’t doing anything. Well, they were laughing and taking pictures while I was explaining to my son that he shouldn’t be mean to animals. In that way when you say it in the area and just loud enough for certain people to hear and give you the stink-eye. By the way, adults were doing this to the baby gorilla you see above and I even saw one kid full on bunch the tank of a viper because he wanted it to move.
Anyway, it was interesting to see that after all of that, my son just walked over and quietly sat down ‘next’ to the baboon. They just looked at each other and waved and there wasn’t any problem. The baboon yawned, but that was it. Honestly, I am occasionally left thinking that some humans shouldn’t be allowed near other animals after I leave a zoo because of the treatment. Is it really so hard to teach your kids not to bang on the glass, scream at animals, or throw stuff into the enclosure? Guess it is since I’ve seen plenty of adults do this. Just once, I’d love to see somebody bang on a window and it break. Just enough that the Silverback Gorilla can get an arm through to bop the jackass on the head.