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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Is that a popsicle??

My sister and her 9-year-old just left.
The highlights of their visit:
Somebody else did the 3 a.m. feeding!
Lucy learned the words to Party Like a Rockstar.
We saw the gorilla eating his own poop!


Anonymous Alain said...

Come on, did someone really ask whether that was a popsicle?
Gorillas eating their poop seems to quite the rage, or at least, we saw one of the ones in Boston do that, too.
Once when I was just starting out as a reporter on a little weekly paper, we got a letter from an outraged citizen who had witnessed some animals at the zoo "misbehaving" and felt that the authorities should not allow it. That was ridiculous, of course, but I have to admit the poop snack was a little... uncomfortable for me.
But what can you do? You can't really lay down the law to zoo gorillas because they're already in jail.
[Which also makes me uncomfortable. Is this supposed to be for their own good? Our species is liable to do itself in, but we wouldn't appreciate some other species putting us in protective custody forever.]

July 9, 2007 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Well, I looked it up and gorillas in captivity commonly eat their poop, as well as their regurgitated food. Yuck. One theory is that they get less food in captivity (because they get more nutritious food) and so they eat to fulfill some sort of "volume" craving. So, I say, give them some more junk to eat! Popsicles would be fine!!

July 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Oops. I meant to write, "Is that a poopsicle?" Oh dear. It's much funnier that way, isn't it?

July 11, 2007 at 1:37 PM  

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