Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo.

The most remarkable thing about animals is how they have just enough similarities to humans to be familiar and just enough differences to be novel, thus maximizing the amusement level.  Examples to follow.

Today’s Zoological Highlights

Two Ostriches – Presumably man and wife, having the appearance of unskilled over-the-hill ballet dancers picking through their neighbor’s trash and checking occasionally for people, oncoming vehicles, or worse yet, the garbage men.

Some Stingrays – Like velvet-robed socialites fresh from a downpour, they flirtingly flittered by us as though we were randy millionaires who could buy them as many drinks as they wanted.

White-mantled Tamarin – A curious and rather cocky individual who vaguely resembled David Bowie in Labyrinth, minus the leather pants (a decided relief).

Two male Peacocks – A distance away from their ostensible wives, one’s plumes had been completely removed.  Mother speculated his mate stole them and made a hat.  I suggested that she ordered he remove them and stop coming on to other girls.  We agreed both were possibilities.

I do believe it’s true.

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