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(Wired)   Zoo animals, including gorillas, are now routinely dosed with Haldol, Valium, Klonopin, Zoloft, Paxil, Xanax, Buspar, Prozac, Ativan, Versed, Mellaril, and beta-blockers to make them less wild animal-y   (wired.com) divider line 42
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2014-07-15 10:22:49 AM
It's a zoo, and no matter how 'real' they make the habitats, it will still be a farking zoo.
 
2014-07-15 12:19:21 PM
Hmm...how do I interview to be a zoo exhibit?

/fed all day, lie around, throw your feces at people...sounds good
 
2014-07-15 12:28:31 PM
So they dope up all the animals and then take kids to the zoo and tell them not to do drugs.
 
2014-07-15 12:29:33 PM
 
2014-07-15 12:30:11 PM
Lucky animals.  Here I am self-medicating like a sucker while these guys are getting doped up for free.  They don't even have jobs!
 
2014-07-15 12:31:03 PM

neongoats: So they dope up all the animals and then take kids to the zoo and tell them not to do drugs.


No, they want the kids to do drugs....but only the ones made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

We love love love our legal drugs.
 
2014-07-15 12:32:20 PM
We also love our illegal drugs but using those is frowned upon by the establishment.
 
2014-07-15 12:33:43 PM
Anyone blame Obama yet?
 
2014-07-15 12:35:38 PM

gopher321: Hmm...how do I interview to be a zoo exhibit?

/fed all day, lie around, throw your feces at people...sounds good


Easy. Ask a cop if he wants to buy some weed
 
2014-07-15 12:36:17 PM

sharphead: Anyone blame Obama yet?


I was about to, but was going to first toss out something about Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan's "donut hole" issues.
 
2014-07-15 12:38:30 PM

Rapmaster2000: Lucky animals.  Here I am self-medicating like a sucker while these guys are getting doped up for free.  They don't even have jobs!


sharphead: Anyone blame Obama yet?


Thanks, Obamacare!!!  (I assume its covered under their insurance plans, right?)
 
2014-07-15 12:38:36 PM
So animals in enclosed places get depressed or become mentally unstable in some way...amazing.
 
2014-07-15 12:38:39 PM

gopher321: Hmm...how do I interview to be a zoo exhibit?

/fed all day, lie around, throw your feces at people...sounds good


Creature Comforts
 
2014-07-15 12:46:37 PM

Devolving_Spud: Creature Comforts


That's brilliantly apropos.
 
2014-07-15 12:48:47 PM
Cue story about drug addict getting mauled after breaking into zoo to steal drugs.
 
2014-07-15 12:49:59 PM

flynn80: Cue story about drug addict getting mauled after breaking into zoo to steal drugs.


self correcting problem?
 
2014-07-15 12:50:09 PM

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"Grrrr! Human....work."

 
2014-07-15 12:55:22 PM
Because if there's one thing that makes a crazy animal less crazy, it's psychiatric drugs...

/this is sarcasm
//notice the sarcasm?
 
2014-07-15 01:04:37 PM
Beta blockers?
 
2014-07-15 01:22:41 PM
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2014-07-15 01:23:47 PM
OK, I am occasionally horrified by zoos, just like the next libby libby lib.  But... this article is crap.  Taking a few specific examples of medicating animals, with the most medicated example being one that clearly was unusually treated, and had the higher likelihood of responding in a useful way (gorilla)  and saying "Zoos do THIS!!!!11!" is retarded.  Zoos do real conservation work, zoos try very hard to work with the animals, and zoos cause many children to understand that animals are REAL, not mere pictures in a book, instilling a greater understanding of those creatures, and inspiring many of them to want to preserve those creatures.

Of course, I am an American, and live in California, and our zoos are pretty amazing in this respect, and have a lot of money poured into them, so YMMV if you are in a different part of the world.
 
2014-07-15 01:24:46 PM
Stupid animals, they think they are people.

/Therefore they needed to be medicated
 
2014-07-15 01:25:16 PM
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2014-07-15 01:30:45 PM
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2014-07-15 01:34:19 PM
Is anyone else more appalled that they forced that poor gorilla to drink coke? Is that just an Atlanta thing? Do they send coke to the zoo as part of some 'community service' thing?
 
2014-07-15 01:41:26 PM

hairywoogit: Of course, I am an American, and live in California, and our zoos are pretty amazing in this respect, and have a lot of money poured into them, so YMMV if you are in a different part of the world.


Columbus Zoo is what I grew up with and it is the nicest zoo next to the San Diego zoo that I have ever visited, and it's still a zoo, which is nothing more than a caged animal entertainment business posturing as an education tool.
 
2014-07-15 01:48:55 PM
I prefer watching nature out my windows. Sure I dont get to see zebra and lions etc but what I do get to see is real at least

The other morning I walked out after making coffee and a mother and baby deer were eating some brush in the woods about 15 yards from my porch. We had a red fox living under the workshop. Had a raccoon die in the yard the other day.

We have had turkeys come through the yard. I don't really live in the woods either. So ya they cause some issues and I would prefer to eat the deer than watch them but they are at least "free"
 
2014-07-15 01:52:34 PM

InterruptingQuirk: hairywoogit: Of course, I am an American, and live in California, and our zoos are pretty amazing in this respect, and have a lot of money poured into them, so YMMV if you are in a different part of the world.

Columbus Zoo is what I grew up with and it is the nicest zoo next to the San Diego zoo that I have ever visited, and it's still a zoo, which is nothing more than a caged animal entertainment business posturing as an education tool.


Actually the Chicago zoo is a non profit organization and probably devotes a lot of its funds to conservation as well as caring for its animal collection, like the San Diego Zoo.

Also, I agree with hairywoogit. The article was a crappy overly sensational piece with very little real information abouy zoos at all.
 
2014-07-15 01:53:54 PM
Damnit. "Columbus" zoo
 
2014-07-15 02:28:24 PM
So it goes...

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2014-07-15 02:32:46 PM

tiamet4: is a non profit organization and probably devotes a lot of its funds to conservation as well as caring for its animal collection


Organizations are businesses as well. And I'm sure they do kick some out for conservation, but keeping those animals alive is an easy trick when you feed them canned tuna, as I saw a zooperson doing with a mountain lion last year. We have a membership for the kiddies so we can educate them on how bad zoos are, yeah I am that guy.

But this is not a place for animals to be well and good, it's show business:

www.colszoo.org
 
2014-07-15 02:45:54 PM

InterruptingQuirk: nothing more than a caged animal entertainment business posturing as an education tool.


Cool.
 
2014-07-15 03:30:27 PM

InterruptingQuirk: tiamet4: is a non profit organization and probably devotes a lot of its funds to conservation as well as caring for its animal collection

Organizations are businesses as well. And I'm sure they do kick some out for conservation, but keeping those animals alive is an easy trick when you feed them canned tuna, as I saw a zooperson doing with a mountain lion last year. We have a membership for the kiddies so we can educate them on how bad zoos are, yeah I am that guy.

But this is not a place for animals to be well and good, it's show business:

[www.colszoo.org image 660x260]


Why not both?  We as a species rarely do stuff for other creatures out of the kindness of our hearts.  At least not en masse.  I have no problem with the zoo making money.  I have no problem with the zoo attracting visitors, which means it has to have at least some form of spectacle.  With habitat vanishing at an insane rate, and species vanishing at a commensurate rate, any help is better then none.

While I understand the ideal, that is to say the whole "why not just leave the critters in the wild, where they are happy and carefree" (and die of horrible diseases, any injury that gets infected, all the predators, starvation, habitat destruction, poaching, etc, but I digress), "why do we put them in cages?"

It's all a balancing act.  We can only hope it comes out for the betterment of the species as a whole.  Some times it sucks for the animal in the cage.  Hopefully we find a way to fix that.
 
2014-07-15 03:31:09 PM
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2014-07-15 03:34:25 PM
Do what the Chinamen do, replace the lion with a Tibetan mastiff, leopard with some white foxes and the snake with a pair of rats.

/actually the rats were supposed to be the snake food.
 
2014-07-15 03:38:14 PM

DrunkenYodaZen: So animals in enclosed places get depressed or become mentally unstable in some way...amazing.


I am fine in my cube. Thanks for asking.
 
2014-07-15 03:41:38 PM

InterruptingQuirk: tiamet4: is a non profit organization and probably devotes a lot of its funds to conservation as well as caring for its animal collection

Organizations are businesses as well. And I'm sure they do kick some out for conservation, but keeping those animals alive is an easy trick when you feed them canned tuna, as I saw a zooperson doing with a mountain lion last year. We have a membership for the kiddies so we can educate them on how bad zoos are, yeah I am that guy.

But this is not a place for animals to be well and good, it's show business:

[www.colszoo.org image 660x260]


You probably shouldn't have made that one so obvious.

But on the off chance you're serious, I'm not going to argue with you anyway because then you'll stop supporting zoos under the misguided impression that you're "educating" your kids against them.  It's a rare thing when ignorance actually does some good so I'm not going to spoil it.
 
2014-07-15 03:43:00 PM

bigdog1960: DrunkenYodaZen: So animals in enclosed places get depressed or become mentally unstable in some way...amazing.

I am fine in my cube. Thanks for asking.


yeah? And what's in your coke?
 
2014-07-15 03:54:59 PM
"Dolphins, whales, sea lions, walruses, and other marine creatures in parks like SeaWorld have also been given psychotropic drugs for what their vets see as depression, anxiety, compulsive regurgitation, flank sucking, or other distressing behaviors."

Oh, my god, what is flank sucking?
 
2014-07-15 04:08:02 PM

Nina9: "Dolphins, whales, sea lions, walruses, and other marine creatures in parks like SeaWorld have also been given psychotropic drugs for what their vets see as depression, anxiety, compulsive regurgitation, flank sucking, or other distressing behaviors."

Oh, my god, what is flank sucking?


Typically, it refers to behaviors in which the animal has a sort of OCD, causing it to lick or chew a part of its body (like the flank) to the point where it causes wounds or open sores.
 
2014-07-15 04:16:21 PM

buckler: Nina9: "Dolphins, whales, sea lions, walruses, and other marine creatures in parks like SeaWorld have also been given psychotropic drugs for what their vets see as depression, anxiety, compulsive regurgitation, flank sucking, or other distressing behaviors."

Oh, my god, what is flank sucking?

Typically, it refers to behaviors in which the animal has a sort of OCD, causing it to lick or chew a part of its body (like the flank) to the point where it causes wounds or open sores.


Thank you. I did not want to google that at work.
 
2014-07-16 02:28:02 AM
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