Yesterday, I went back to a zoo where I once docented…..I had a wonderful time. I got to cross a dream off my bucket list…….I fed a giraffe. ♥
I also watched Dyson perform. If you frequently read my blog, you know I love the beings of the sea. I wrote a book of fairy tales about them
Dyson is a seal lion, found on the CA shore when he was a stranded baby. Through rehabilitation, Dyson survived but was deemed unfit to be set free. Most people think all animals adjust to being wild. You see all pet bunnies dumped in parks, dogs left in forests…..
This is not true. Those bunnies and dogs die. They know to exist from the hand of man and when that is gone…..so is their source of life. Sea lion and seal babies are taught from their moms…….if that connection is separated too soon, they don’t know how to catch a fish…..They will die. Some infants seem more resourceful and pick up skills, some just don’t. Many succumb to pneumonia, especially on the brutal UK coasts; others damage their fins on coastal rocks and cannot swim…..They die.
Dyson is well cared for. In a perfect world, yes, he should have the endless sea to wander. But now he is safe, he is loved, he is living the best life we can offer and in return, we have the gift of seeing how intelligent and beautiful a being he is.
I would be the first in line to protest the cruel separation of dolphins from their mothers in order to support a tourist and entertainment industry. Capturing whales and dolphins is not something I raise my hand in any favor; I would not watch a “show” where sentient beings are taken from their homes and imprisoned by man.
But children watching Dyson retrieve a plastic soda bottle from his enclosure and return it to a dumpster might just be reached more than words and learn how plastic is killing them……..all of them in the sea.
Sanctuaries and accredited zoos are helping save the ones sick and abandoned…..not going to these places, not supporting them monetarily, will only help extinguish the ones still roaming the seas as well……Accredited zoos participate in breeding programs to keep the gene pool diversified and provide animals for zoos without capturing in the wild. Some extremely endangered species will find their last safe harbor in zoos and sanctuaries.
Educate yourself before you protest against all sea beings in captivity……this captivity may have been the only way to save their precious lives…..In return, they are giving those that love them a chance to closely see how beautiful, smart, and loving they are.
Here is Dyson……eagerly awaiting the start of his performance, at his trainer’s door. He knows lots of fish are waiting behind that door ☺
Dyson dancing for the crowd and being very respectful of his environment by disposing of plastic properly.