Another Rainy day at the Zoo. I actually like it because there are less people, and for me seeing less people harassing the Animals makes for a better visit. There's always going to be something that bothers me, either visitor misbehavior or something zoo management related. Today was no different.
The TODAY AT THE ZOO sign at the entrance stated "Animals have access to the inside, due to weather." Not noting an individual Animal, I would assume that meant all Animals. Not the case. I was specifically bothered that Elly, the Black Rhino, who is 41 years old, was stuck outside all day in the rain. I went by her after 4p and she was eating some acacia and then went over to the door and just stared at it. Awful. This is a Senior Animal, who has given the Zoo fourteen babies and they force her out on exhibit all day in the rain. Complete Disrespect. I also didn't like seeing the new Peccary girls huddled against the fence in what looked like an attempt to get some shelter from the tree branches above. These are new Animals, who came from Los Angeles (where it rarely rains) and they were stuck outside in the rain. When I walked up they moved from the fence and stood about staring towards the door. Gauhati the Asian Rhino was also stuck outside, and Walter the Stork who I've noted about his lack of shelter, is still of course, without a shelter and left to fend off the cold, wet weather day and night.
Elly "Can I come in now?"
Gauhati looking at the door
Ulu has access and shelter
She was happily rolling about in her hay :)
Even the Peacocks wanted shelter
This was the third one I saw under a tree