Saturday, October 13, 2007

It’s all happening at the zoo. Really. And it’s disgusting.

Something is in the water at the Oakland zoo. Something… libidinal.

Took Owen today to see what we could see, and what we saw were a lot of animals getting busy – with each other and, more problematically, themselves.

The usual suspects – the baboons and the chimp – were doing their jobs. But so were the elks. And the tigers. And…. the fruit bats?

With the fruit bats, there were mechanics in play that I just hadn’t considered before. The hanging upside down, the… never mind. It’s was truly horrific. The word prehensile comes in handy here.

The most priceless moment was watching a Sikh gentleman’s jaw drop in front of the bat enclosure. In a split-second he had corralled up his two school-age daughter and had them marching double-time to the pot-bellied pigpen down the slope.

Animals: they nasty.



Blogger slickdpdx said...

Bats are really creepy when you get to examine them up close and in the light. They are like little tiny demon people from hell (or consigned there.)

2:45 PM  
Blogger G. said...


Your zoo story reminded me of an old joke. Stop me if you've heard it.

Dirty Billy and his Dad go to the park. Dirty Billy notices two dogs, mid-coitus. Dirty Billy turns to his Dad:

"What are those two dogs doing?"

His father, face marked with consternation, replies

"Well Billy, the two dogs are friends, and the dog in the back has injured his paw so the dog in the front is piggy-backing him home."

"Figures." Says Dirty Billy with a sneer on his lip.

His father, surprised says: "What do you mean?"

"Well, you just try to help a friend and you end up getting fucked."


5:16 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

he he .. reminds me of the summer when I worked at a zoo

2:30 PM  

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