it's like watching animals at the zoo

matt-the-blind-cinnamon-roll  asked:

I have a zoo question: What's your favorite kind of enrichment to see in enclosures? At my local zoo when it's super hot they freeze treats in giant blocks of ice and the animals have to break through the ice to get the fruit or meat. I love watching the grizzly's go at it.

Carcass feeds, for any species. I really like seeing the predatory side of animals - somehow for all the emphasis put on zoo animals being wild animals, zoos are often still very disneyfied in their presentation of carnivores. Even the presence of whole prey in an exhibit helps break that trend and remind people that carnivory really does mean eating other cute animals.

jcogginsa  asked:

Opinions on: The Fortress of Solitude

#bringbackcallingitFortSuperman2017

Look, yes, I get calling it the Fortress of Solitude reflects certain important truths about his character and it’s a cool name to boot. But it’s also one that recenters the beaten-to-death idea of him being the saddest, loneliest man on Earth because he’s so much more awesome than the rest of us, while Fort Superman reflects how it tends to actually be used on a case-by-case basis: as the ultimate hobby-room.

Not that it tends to live up to that in terms of the look, I must admit; the theoretically far less wondrous Batcave has always worked out because (unless you’re going full Dick Sprang with it) aside from a few splashes of weirdness it’s pretty spartan and gloomy, whereas even at its best the Fortress tends to be lots of cool objects thrown up against boring slate white backgrounds. Here’s a tip for the future fellas: just because it’s technically in the Arctic doesn’t mean it has to be all washed-out, Superman probably has cool alien technology that’ll let it look however he wants, even something different from how it was in 1978. But while I’ll concede there should totally be a crystalline Krypton Room for the odd intense brooding session, he can also do that on the ocean floor or in space or at his apartment or anywhere, and all too often everywhere, else. If you’re instead in the market to watch him fooling around with science experiments or playing chess with giant robots or playing in a zoo with alien animals or performing routine inspections on his window to hell and civilization in a jar - as all right-thinking individuals are - this is your one-stop shop.

When I put it like that, it’s not surprising it hasn’t got much focus from creators over the last few decades: more than anything other than Jimmy Olsen, the Fortress in its classic form is the most potent possible symbol of how a big part of the setup is Superman actually having fun being Superman rather than being absolutely fucking miserable every second of the goddamn day, to the point that it was eventually reconceptualized as an extension of the weight on his shoulders rather than an escape from it. But in the proper way of things, it gives truth to the idea that Superman’s world is emotionally exactly like ours, just BIGGER, so that when he’s making dinner for the family he’s working with alien ingredients from a dead world, and when he heads out to see his friends it’s in the future, and his diary is engraved on sheets of steel with his eyeballs, and his odd creative endeavor is watching the growth of life on our version of Earth in the baby universe of Qwewq to see if humanity can survive and thrive in his absence. We should be seeing Fort Superman as often as the Batcave, it’s where he kicks his feet up and tools around and does casual Superman stuff, and it’s a great source of potential adventures in its own right between the experiments he has cooking and what an unwary friend or family member might wander into unsupervised.

RFA with child that wants to be like them in future.

Maybe I will add V/Saeran in future!

Yoosung:

- He is very happy to hear that. He cries tears of joy hearing that.

- His eyes brighted at the idea to teach his own child about that wonderful job!

- But he is a little worried that he will mess it up or bore him/her.His son/daughter has to ensure him he is not boring/ he will do fine. 

- Will tell them story how he went to university because of his cousin (involving story about Sally) and how their mother motivated him to continue learning.

- Oh boi, will he talk about you.. how did you two meet.. how much he loves you.. even how you went one day to cinema to watch horror film ( he will say that you were the one who was scared and he protected you, but in reality  he was the one who got scared the shit out of him)

- Litterally takes that kid to his job to show everything to them.

- If there is a pet his child wants/is their favorite. He is going to buy/adopt it (unless its something like tiger lol) He will tell them all curiosities about that animal!

- Will take her/him to zoo, barn, aquarium, forest or even safari! Anything related to animals! Of course if you acccept that kind of trips. Mother’s sentence is very important.

- He will have heart attack if his child  come near dangerous animal. Please dont do this to him. Later on, he wont let her/him go too far without him

- Very fun but anxious/worried 24/7.


Zen:

- Here we see the most proud parent of the year.

- Seriously. He LOVES the idea to be his child’s mentor.

- Will always be at his son’s/daughter’s performance at school. He will be the one loudly screaming ,, THATS MY BOY/GIRL!” even if its terrible. He will be here for his child.

-  He will practice with him/her a lot. When I mean a lot I mean a LOT. More than 50% bonding with his child is practicing/helping them with their lines but that doesnt mean there is no fun. Remember he is a cool dad.

- He is that one parent that shows everyone their child’s performances like ,,Have you seen her/him? Isnt he/she just the most talented kid you have seen in your life? Look its her/him here!”.

- Straightforward registering his child to theatre/dance club.

-He will make sure they look FABULOUS. Makes sure they are a star above all.

-If any other kid makes fun of them. He will fight them. He will scare shit out of him/her. You will need to calm him or he will fight that kid right there for insulting his precious baby.


Jaehee ( coffee franchise not assistant!):

- She freezes for a moment. Wait are she/he for real?! THATS AWESOME.

- She is very passionate to show you everything.

- Trips to coffee franchise every week! But she/he cant drink it until they are older. She worries for their health!

- Jaehee is impressed that her child wants to continue family buisnsess ( you both are partners/lovers so). Amazed at the fact she/he interest in coffee when she/he is very young.

- Shows them all kinds of coffee beans.

- How can you breed perfect cup of espresso? They know that all thanks to their perfect momma.

- Jaehee wil teach them everything. She is a perfect teacher.

- THE KID KNOWS MORE ABOUT COFFE THAN ANYONE ELSE.

-SHE/HE EVEN GOT AN A+ FROM PROJECT ABOUT WHAT INTRESTS THEM. Of course its about coffee

- Just imagine how teacher and classmates were confused by how much she/he knows about coffee.


Jumin:

- Well he knew his child would continue family’s buisness so he is not suprised at all.

- What he is suprised is that he/she wants to be perfect as he.

- Well he might seemed not intrested but oh were you wrong.

- He employed the best teachers that  he ( not his assistant. He shows all interests in his baby by himself.) could find.

- After that, the child is well educated in anything that is related to buisness (including cat buisness).

- He will give him/her advices.

- Although, he wont be so great. He learned his way to sucess on his own. He had to be perfect so it might be hard for him to show it to his child.

- He dont pressure him/her. Despite everything he wants his child to be happy.


Saeyoung:

- OH MY LITTLE SWEET BEAN WANTS TO BE LIKE DADDY?

- He is excited. Very excited. Please calm down.

- But deep inside he worries for them.He wants them to be safe and this job is very dangerous.

- Still he shows her/him all those cool stuff you can make on computer.

- One day his child scared the shit out of uncle Yoosung by placing a jumpscare in LOLOL file. Seven was very proud of her/him. You werent suprised by that at all.

- Will he talk about floppy disks. He will.

- Shows them memes by the chance.

- Teaches him/her about slang (can you name it like that?) like jk, rofl, idk.

- He talks about new and old computers.

- She/he is a computer expert.

nutriyumaddict  asked:

creme brûlée and glazed doughnut

describe your style

i have no fuckin idea. there are too many like, aesthetics i like, so nothing about me is cohesive. at the most basic, i’m just a tshirt and jeans person. i’m into jewelry lately? like necklaces with crystals. “witchy” is an aesthetic i would love to have but can’t commit to, so sometimes its just little bits. sometimes i love pastels and florals. right now my favorite shirt is this dark yellow plaid button up from target? i have no idea.

would you rather visit a zoo or an aquarium?      

i do honestly love both, but zoos are like, very special for me. i just really love animals. i could watch monkeys for HOURS. or bears. or fuckin birds. i just really love watching animals. and i do love aquariums, because fish are beautiful and i find them just calming spaces. but i guess i’m just in aquariums less often. also, to some degree, i find the ocean terrifying.  but usually what i find scary is not in aquariums lol.         

anonymous asked:

so i was thinking about getting an american toad but my friend thinks that they would be boring pets. i know theyre not like dogs or cats or whatever but i think theyre cute and id still be interested in getting one. whats the best part about keeping toads?

Well I would only recommend getting toads or any land-dwelling frog if you can appreciate them for what they are. Its true they’re not a social or affectionate pet, I rarely ever handle mine except for pictures or cleaning, and 2/3 of them are hidden so often I only see them maybe twice a week on average. Their enclosures take up a lot of space, their food costs add up, and my male keeps me up at night with his calling. [But its so cute I can’t even be mad.]

Their appeal comes less from what they can give me and more from the satisfaction of giving them an environment where they can preform their natural behaviors and thrive, but I would say this is also true of most people who keep herps. Its kind of like going to the zoo, you don’t go to a good zoo to pet the animals, you go to watch them do their own thing at a distance. So if you really really like frogs, just getting to observe them is the reward that comes with keeping them. Although a big difference is that Moontoad now recognizes me and comes barreling up to the glass to see if there’s snacks.

A Trip to the Zoo

As a committee member of our university’s veterinary zoological society, I organised a behind-the-scenes tour of Knowsley Safari Park for thirty veterinary students. We had an amazing day with a guided tour of the drive-through park, a wild animal care workshop and we got to watch some giraffe training as well.

My notes on technicalities of keeping animals in safari parks:

  • Difference between safari park and zoo
    • Safari park has more space per enclosure
    • Safari parks are more likely to have mixed species in an enclosure
    • In zoos animals go into their houses routinely, therefore are easier to monitor
    • Harder to replicate specific habitats and climates in safari parks
  • Peer David’s deer have webbed feet to move on marshy ground
  • The Iberian wolf is harder to manage in captivity than the typical Grey wolf found in zoos, because of its different pack structure and limited knowledge about the specie
  • African Lions
    • Castrating a male –> no mane growth
    • Vasectomising a male –> mane remains
    • Vitamin A deficiency –> thicker skull bones –> press on brain –> ataxia, head tilt, neck ventroflexion
      • Giving cod liver oil and vitamin A capsules will reduce behaviour
  • Roan antelope are very prone to parasites and secondary infection
  • Infanticide is common in baboons, to confirm status in troop
  • Rhinos – problems with second generation breeding
    • In zoos worldwide, second generation breeding a problem (ie the second generation born at a zoo does not breed well)
    • This may be because of the female offspring staying too close to the mother
    • Separating males from females may help develop more natural behaviour
  • Controlling reproduction in lechwe antelope is difficult 
    • Ring castrating 3 day old males makes horns grow towards eyes, meaning surgery is required
    • Ideal is surgical castration at 8 months
  • Elephants
    • If not continually breeding and pregnant can develop pathologies that reduce likelihood of pregnancy later on
    • Sedation 
      • Inject sedative IV into ear vein on back of ear
      • Check sedation by amount of trunk movement
      • Major risk is falling down after sedation
      • Pressure on tusk while lying down on concrete floor – sand is better substrate
      • Post-anaesthetic myopathy can occur due to reduced blood flow to limbs
      • Elephants need equal lying-time on both sides of body
    • Steps involved in elephant translocation
      • Training beforehand with positive reinforcement – crate/truck/loading training
      • Work with the elephant during the time of day that the translocation will occur (eg evening) so that the elephant isn’t disturbed by the presence of keepers at an unusual time
      • Assessments made
        • Faecal samples to measure steroid levels
        • Tracheal lavage and culture to check for tuberculosis
          • Local anaesthetic into trunk
          • 5 meter endoscope entered into trunk
        • Rectal ultrasound to check reproductive status
Felis Rufus

Pairing: Billy Kaplan/Teddy Altman

Notes: For ardatli, who sent me the prompt (the scientific name for bobcats is Felis rufus), and who is having a bad day.

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 “Oh my god,” Billy says. “Ohhhhh my god. It’s so fluffy. It’s so fluffy.

Teddy snorts. “Seriously, babe, how can you have never been to the zoo before?”

Billy grins apologetically at him. “Mom and Dad don’t approve of them? They don’t like seeing animals in captivity. They like aquariums ok because science, but they don’t like zoos.”

The moon bear they’re watching rolls onto its back and yawns massively, then starts scratching its stomach with one paw.

“I bet I could teleport myself in there and give it a hug. It’s so fluffy.

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my school literally goes on field trips to schools a few towns over that are more “diverse” and they literally walk around and watch them work and its literally taking a bunch of rich white kids watching poc like they are zoo animals and its literally so fucking racist