giraffes are insincere

There is a strange exhilaration that comes from standing so close to a once wild animal, separated not by a fence but by a shallow ditch that you wonder why they don’t cross.  Coming upon the monkey house, however, and seeing the family resemblance of our closest relatives is a little heartbreaking.  They have opposable thumbs!  Not that that makes them any more deserving of compassion than the rhinos or camels or elephants.

(here‘s a great Radiolab program about zoos)

Zoologischer Garten Berlin, 16 August 2010


  1. opposable thumbs!

    yess glad to see you are still loving RadioLab. xxxx!!!!

  2. ben

    that hippo is just so cool

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