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(DARPA)   California zoo mourns death of popular but bizarre crooked neck giraffe (with crooked neck pics)   (nbc11.com) divider line 179
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2008-01-10 06:11:35 PM  
I saw this very giraffe last summer while visiting SB. It looked very uncomfortable.
 
2008-01-10 06:11:37 PM  
Gah!
 
2008-01-10 06:11:43 PM  
FTFA: "This popular animal recently celebrated her 21st birthday in style with a serenade by Zoo Campers, a "giraffe-sized" birthday card, and a special treat of acacia, her favorite food, according to the zoo."

What? No tequila shots?
 
2008-01-10 06:11:46 PM  
If they didn't imprison these poor animals in such unnatural conditions, maybe they wouldn't be deformed monstrosities. Probably all the pollution in southern california mutated his DNA.
 
2008-01-10 06:12:04 PM  
poor fella
 
2008-01-10 06:12:38 PM  
www.nbc11.com
Eeeesh...that looks painful.
 
2008-01-10 06:13:11 PM  
The fact of the matter is, when animals are held captive in zoos they're too often the victim of human mistake. And this recent incident with the giraffe is just one more example of that, and the giraffe paid for it with its life
 
2008-01-10 06:13:39 PM  
Awwe, that totally sucks. I have a season pass to the SB Zoo. I would stand in line just to feed Gemina. It was funny to watch her walk. That's a bummer. SB Zoo kicks ass by the way. You can look at elephants and the beach at the same time. Suck it Cali haters!

/Is also the national bird of Uganda.
//I love that train ride.
///last one leaves at 4:20
 
2008-01-10 06:14:01 PM  
www.macscreensavers.com
 
2008-01-10 06:14:06 PM  
Did it live in a crooked little house.....????
 
2008-01-10 06:14:14 PM  
Despite their professed concern for animals, zoos can more accurately be described as “collections” of interesting “specimens” than as actual havens or homes. Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals’ habitats. Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, like running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind. Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.
 
2008-01-10 06:14:18 PM  
Thats what happens when you run thru the woods too fast.
 
2008-01-10 06:14:24 PM  
I want a pet giraffe :-/

(can you ride a giraffe?)
 
2008-01-10 06:15:15 PM  
noooooooooooooo!!!

I *love* that giraffe. I visited her every year and have a collection of photos just of her. this news makes me terribly, terribly, sad.
 
2008-01-10 06:16:03 PM  
Reminds me of some pr0n i've seen with dudes who have like, 50° (horizontal) bends in their junk.

/ya rly
 
2008-01-10 06:16:39 PM  
Awwww....I loved that giraffe. She was so sweet. My kids loved feeding her.

/RIP beautiful gal.
 
2008-01-10 06:17:43 PM  
Never patronize zoos. The money spent on ticket purchases pays for animals to be imprisoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated.

If your local zoo solicits money from corporate donors and/or charitable organizations and foundations, write to the zoo's sponsors and encourage them to instead put their money toward protecting animals in the wild.
 
2008-01-10 06:17:53 PM  
I fed her just a few months ago too. What a shame!
 
2008-01-10 06:18:05 PM  
i can haz chiropractor?
 
2008-01-10 06:18:10 PM  
Valdes: Despite their professed concern for animals, zoos can more accurately be described as "collections" of interesting "specimens" than as actual havens or homes. Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals' habitats. Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, like running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind. Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.

This. But what choice do we have? It's zoos or eat/hunt/skin them to extinction.
 
2008-01-10 06:18:20 PM  
a special treat of Acacia, her favorite food

Good Lord! It ate a Fraternity?
 
2008-01-10 06:18:22 PM  
phillydrifter: Reminds me of some pr0n i've seen with dudes who have like, 50° (horizontal) bends in their junk.

/ya rly


I came here to say something kind of similar... sort of... not really... but kind of... You see, I've got a friend...
He was wondering if anyone knows when the said neck will be listed on eBay?
 
2008-01-10 06:18:45 PM  
Damn, that giraffe was one of the highlights.

I also enjoy the otters being almost the first thing you see there.

I'll have to have a drink in her memory.
 
2008-01-10 06:18:51 PM  
Valdes: .

Please die.
 
2008-01-10 06:19:52 PM  
Hmm...I used to see this freaky giraffe about every day while running along the beach in Santa Barbara. That's one less oddity I have to show friends that visit SB. Damn that neck was pointy. It was painful to look at.
 
2008-01-10 06:20:41 PM  
Valdes: Never patronize zoos. The money spent on ticket purchases pays for animals to be imprisoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated.

If your local zoo solicits money from corporate donors and/or charitable organizations and foundations, write to the zoo's sponsors and encourage them to instead put their money toward protecting animals in the wild.


Go eat some soy, hug a tree, and spout that nonsense to your PETA friends only.
 
2008-01-10 06:22:13 PM  
Zoos continue to capture animals from the wild to put them on public display. In 2003, the San Diego Wild Animal Park and Lowry Park Zoo captured 11 African elephants, a species designated as threatened, from their natural habitats in Swaziland. Experts, scientists, and researchers who study elephants in the wild strongly opposed the capture, stating, “Taking elephants from the wild is not only traumatic for them, it is also detrimental to their health. ... [W]e believe the time has come to consider them as sentient beings and not as so much money on the hoof to be captured and sold and displayed for our own use.
 
2008-01-10 06:22:23 PM  
I just love to see crooked necked giraffes " running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind" all the other crooked neckers.
 
2008-01-10 06:22:57 PM  
That's a good 'Fail' pic right there
 
2008-01-10 06:23:23 PM  
Valdes:

i169.photobucket.com
 
2008-01-10 06:24:07 PM  
Oh no! My girlfriend is going to be devastated. She took a class at the SB zoo and we often visit. That giraffe was terrifying. I hope it terrifies other giraffes in giraffe heaven.
 
2008-01-10 06:24:10 PM  
Ultimately, animals—and sometimes visitors—are the ones who pay the price. Tatiana, a Siberian tiger, escaped her substandard enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007 and was shot to death after she killed one person and injured two others; she had mauled one of the zookeepers a year earlier. Jabari the gorilla tried to escape from the Dallas Zoo by jumping over walls and moats and defying electrified wires, only to be fatally shot by police; a witness later reported that teenagers were taunting the animal with rocks prior to his escape. In the summer of 2005, two polar bears died within five weeks of each other at the Saint Louis Zoo—Churchill died after ingesting an object that had been thrown into his exhibit, and Penny died from an infection as a result of having two dead fetuses in her uterus. At the Virginia Zoo, 10 prairie dogs died when their tunnel collapsed, a rhinoceros drowned in the moat of her exhibit, and a zebra narrowly escaped death after jumping into the lion exhibit, while another lost her life when she bolted from a holding pen, struck a fence, and broke her neck.
 
2008-01-10 06:24:38 PM  
Valdes

You're full of FAIL, Faily McFailstein.
 
2008-01-10 06:25:03 PM  
I love that zoo, my family has been members for years now. Don't know how I am going to tell the kids.
 
2008-01-10 06:26:00 PM  
An Oxford University study based on four decades of observing animals in captivity and in the wild found that animals such as polar bears, lions, tigers, and cheetahs “show the most evidence of stress and/or psychological dysfunction in captivity” and concluded that “the keeping of naturally wide-ranging carnivores should be either fundamentally improved or phased out.
 
2008-01-10 06:26:52 PM  
Valdes: Never patronize zoos. The money spent on ticket purchases pays for animals to be imprisoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated.

Whoopty, you're back!

/Radiohead is at the top of the charts...
 
2008-01-10 06:27:02 PM  
Valdes:
So what exactly is your position on zoos? Your previous five posts have not gotten your message across.

/you're for them, right?
 
2008-01-10 06:27:21 PM  
www.puzzlemethis.com
 
2008-01-10 06:28:02 PM  
Valdes

You might wanna quote your sources before the actual author of that article you're plagiarizing gets pissed.

Or you could STFU.

I prefer option no. 2.
 
2008-01-10 06:28:47 PM  
Zoos are also pressuring the federal government to weaken the Endangered Species Act to make it easier for them to capture and import animals.
 
2008-01-10 06:29:11 PM  
Valdes: and a zebra narrowly escaped death after jumping into the lion exhibit

Hey, that's almost like real nature!
 
2008-01-10 06:29:58 PM  
Valdes

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2008-01-10 06:30:03 PM  
ender44: Don't know how I am going to tell the kids.

"Pointy McGiraffe's condition has been upgraded to glue"
 
2008-01-10 06:31:53 PM  
Valdes: a zebra narrowly escaped death after jumping into the lion exhibit

Animal or human, if you jump into the lion exhibit, you deserve what you get.
 
2008-01-10 06:32:05 PM  
farm1.static.flickr.com

It looks like her Siamese twin's head fell off. Siamese twin giraffes would have been the coolest animal in the history of the world.
 
2008-01-10 06:32:05 PM  
Penny died from an infection as a result of having two dead fetuses in her uterus. At the Virginia Zoo, 10 prairie dogs died when their tunnel collapsed, a rhinoceros drowned in the moat of her exhibit.

All of which happens in the wild EVERY DAY. Do you think polar bears can call a vet when they have a miscarriage? Should we send out mining crews to randomly check on prairie dogs? Give rhinos scuba gear?
 
2008-01-10 06:33:04 PM  
10 prairie dogs died when their tunnel collapsed

/Oh, the zoomanity!
 
2008-01-10 06:33:14 PM  
Valdes: Zoos are also pressuring the federal government to weaken the Endangered Species Act to make it easier for them to capture and import animals.

img149.imageshack.us
 
2008-01-10 06:33:44 PM  
That's what can happen if you keep yanking on it.
 
2008-01-10 06:34:26 PM  
although Valdes's cut-and-past polemics are over the top, there is no reason in this day and age for zoos to capture most wild animals as breeding stocks exist for most species. now that i've written this, what the hell does this have to w/ a crooked neck giraffe. jeese!
 
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