Thursday, 26 October 2017

10 fun facts about zoos. Day 26 of #Blogtober17

I am taking part in Blogtober17 and will be writing posts with various themes/prompts throughout October...Today's prompt is: Zoo

The last time I visited a zoo was when I was a child....I was probably about 10 years old. It was at Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire. As it was a theme park and zoo I had no interest in my parents dragging me around to see the animals. I wanted the rides.....Now I would gladly give up riding roller-coasters to see the animals. 

I always remember a story my dad used to tell about how him and his cousin were young and they were taken to a zoo....I have no idea which one but there were monkeys there and my dad and his cousin gave them chewing gum and they made such a mess....They got into so much trouble and escorted from the zoo by security guards....lol


A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg (or Winnie for short) and his love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie the Pooh.

There was a temporary ban on guests wearing animal print clothing at Chessington World of Adventures in 2013 as it was confusing the animals. Animal print-wearing visitors were given grey boiler suits to wear everywhere in the park so as not to antagonise or excite the animals. lol

An orangutan named Fu Manchu repeatedly escaped from his cage at the zoo using a key he had fashioned from a piece of wire. Every time his zookeepers inspected him, he hid the key in his mouth.

During the outbreak of World War II, London Zoo killed all their venomous animals in case the zoo was bombed and the animals escaped.

During the 18th century, the price of admission into a zoo in England was three half-pence, or the supply of a cat or dog to be fed to the lions.

Some zoos offer a special public service such as providing medical staff with antivenin, an antidote for snake bites that may take place outside the zoo. Such a service has saved lives. 

Before Sylvester Stallone hit it big in the movies, he had a job cleaning the lions' cages at the Central Park Zoo in New York City.

There have been reports of people breaking into animal cages or tanks, and even one event where a Bengal tiger and two camels were stolen while in transport to a Canadian zoo.

Maruyama Zoo in Japan unsuccessfully tried to mate a pair of hyenas between 2010 and 2014, before realizing they were both males.

The Henan Province Zoo in China actually dressed up dogs as lions, leopards, and wolves. When confronted about the timber wolf that was actually a dog the zoo officials tried to play it off by claiming that the dog was the wolf’s pet...lol

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