Daily Archives: July 28, 2009

Does a Zoo complete a Sanctuary?

“Hey! Why dont you put up the pics of the Bondla zoo as a sequel to your trip to Bondla? It kind of completes the Bondla experience.”

This suggestion from Elton led me to muse… Does a zoo really ‘complete’ a sanctuary? This is not what Elton intended to say, but just a thought that lingered in my mind. There was Ayesha who completely disapproved of going to the zoo when I visited Bondla the first time. Merci was more than convinced that the animals in their cages/pens looked depressing… similar to being  in solitary confinement for animals which are otherwise quite social.

Bondla does boast of quite a collection of animals. In the monsoons their surroundings looked green and prosperous, but I wondered how it would be in the summer when there were not many watering holes around and only dry vegetation to chew on…

Stately... Majestic... Limited to a cage

Stately... Majestic... Limited to a cage

Watch this

Watch this

Crocodile couch

Crocodile couch

This turtle shared the same pond as the croc!

This turtle shared the same pond as the croc!

Jawsssss

Jawsssss

The Gaze of the cobra

The Gaze of the cobra

The Head of the Bison

The Head Bison

Bison Bonds

Bison Bonds

Graze a little...

Graze a little...

It was time for us to leave the confines of the zoo and go out into the wild…

Deer in the wild

Deer in the wild

Wild cat? ;)

Wild cat? 😉

Mega mushroom

Mega mushroom

No added colors ;)

No added colors 😉

Locust on the car bonnet

Locust on the car bonnet

Colorful cricket

Colorful cricket

Butterfly time!

Butterfly time!

Dad called this 'the sugary one'

Dad called this 'the sugary one'

Leopard skin butterfly

Leopard skin butterfly

So… does a zoo complete your experience in a sanctuary…? It does not for me. But I guess when animals are injured or in transit, or rescued, they need a safe house and this would serve as one. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Over the Hedge – Get over it!

I am an animation fan! This is third animation movie I watched in the recent past and I’m more than convinced that there is much more in these movies than what meets the eye.

In this one it was the parody on modern consumeristic behavior… to get all you want, rather than what you need.

It happens in the scene where RJ, the urban raccoon, describes the eating habits of humans to his new-found rustic friends:

RJ: [showing the other animals around the houses] They always got food with them. We eat to live – these guys live to eat! Let me show you what I’m talking about!
[as he speaks he shows the other animals what humans do] The human mouth is called a ‘piehole’, the human being is called a ‘couch potato’.
[signifies telephone] That is a device to summon food.
[signifies doorbell] That is one of the many voices of food.
[signifies front door] That is the portal for the passing of food.
[signifies delivery truck] That is one of the many food transportation vehicles. Humans bring the food, take the food, ship the food, they drive food, they wear the food!
[signifies microwave] That gets the food hot!
[signifies refrigerator] That keeps the food cold!
[signifies turtle pinata] That… I’m not sure what that is.
[kids break the turtle piñata and Verne yells] Well, what do you know? FOOD!
[signifies table where family prays before dinner] That is the altar where they WORSHIP food!
[signifies advert for antacid] That’s what they eat when they’ve eaten TOO MUCH food!
[signifies treadmill] That gets rid of the guilt so they can eat MORE FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! FOOOOOD! So, you think they have enough?
[everybody nods] Well, they don’t. For humans, enough is *never* enough! And what do they do with the stuff they don’t eat? They put it in gleaming silver cans, just for us!
[opens the thrash cans and knocks them over] Dig in!

[The entire film review can be found here at IMDB]