Tag: Animals

Animals Live: An Open Letter To The Oregon Zoo

My new Posted Today page tells me that it was on May 30, 2018, that I sharply criticized the Oregon Zoo for only publicly caring about animals dying when they are marquee animals. Its first line: “Animals die.”

Animals also live, which is why my current point of contention with the zoo is its seeming focus only on certain animals in the public communications during its coronavirus shutdown.

Most zoo visitors likely have a favorite animal or exhibit. I get there are only so many hours in the day, especially with staff reductions and other challenges, but I honestly do not see a valid argument against simply having someone make the rounds to give us updates.

There are six exhibit areas (PDF) at the zoo. At one per day, the zoo could give an update from every exhibit in less than one week. Just walk the route. It doesn’t have to be an entire Facebook Live event; you have a YouTube channel.

Consider this a request from a dues-paying member who until March made a visit each and every week, on behalf of all the other supporters of the zoo, members and non-members alike, who have been waiting three months to hear about their favorites.

The Oregonian has a look at challenges for the Oregon Zoo with the lack of income (“they will run out of money by September”) but even their photo gallery doesn’t show me the goats. Someone show me the damned goats; it’s been three months.

Early monkey studies suggest that SARS-CoV-2 antibodies “whether they are triggered by an infection or a vaccine” do provide immunity, but the results need to be (1) replicated, (2) confirmed in humans, and (3) extended to determine length of immunity. In the meantime, to quote Jewel Staite: hamsters is nice.

Link Log Roundup for May 14, 2020

In this edition: autism and actual masking, dining with mannequins, genetic drift, ousting Burr, cats and coronavirus, a new giraffe, black churches, reopening Oregon, COVID-19 and the brain, Oregon restaurants, the post-pandemic commute, bicycles, disability claims, the sage grouse, lockdowns and history, “Obamagate”, walking a trail, test failures, the privilege of escape, Multnomah County, the last Blockbuster, public shaming, and an invasion of goats.

It’s weird that The Oregonian writes that the Oregon Zoo introduced Kiden, their new giraffe, to the public on Monday, given that the zoo is closed and their video of Kiden didn’t get posted until Wednesday, but mostly I wonder where they even have the room for a third giraffe, especially if they’re hoping that Kiden mates with Buttercup. Is there more indoor space at the giraffe exhibit than the part with the public-facing viewing window? My second-level concern is that now I need to learn to tell three giraffes apart, and it was only like last year, I think, that I finally learned how to distinguish Buttercup from Desi.

Sunday afternoon: finally starting season three of the terrific Occupied months after it dropped on Netflix but the service neglected to have the new episodes appear in my queue; learning that even Stark’s Vacuums is selling masks; and listening to the dulcet thuds of the cats chasing a fly that’s somehow gotten into the apartment.

Although I haven’t been posting photos directly to the blog for awhile, in honor of getting the site migration pretty much settled in place, here’s the regular Western scrub-jay visitor outside my living room windows.

Link Log Roundup for May 2, 2020

In this edition: city streets, pricing by algorithm, barbershops, NASA’s ventilator, brutal numbers, old movies, NPCs, llamas, excess deaths, mariachis, coffee history, Muggletonians, air pollution, and the political conversation.

‪Do all of the unmasked people hugging a llama at the Mike Bennett “A to Zoo” neighborhood art thing today not realize that they were hugging the germs of the other also-unmasked people who also hugged him?‬ Do they think the llama was repelling everyone’s germs?

Halfway through the first episode of Night on Earth and already I’ve seen two things I’ve never seen before: a lion attacking a cheetah, and a mouse attacking a scorpion.

Game plan for the day got tossed out the window, and I went on a walk over to the watch the goats for awhile, then managed to push through an oncoming autistic crash and shoulders on fire to walk all the way home and get ice on the way. I’m done.

“If stuff were open right now,” asks Willamette Week’s Matthew Singer, “would we ever get to see cute videos of penguins wandering around the Oregon Zoo looking like third-graders on a field trip?” Well, yes. They’ve done this sort of thing before.