OK, that was fun. Now, back to the GROUP WATCH.
Believe the Theory question may be a bit early in the month as some people have not watched the movie yet, unfortunately. So, I will put forth another one along with a Question since Rocklin once again answered the last one, LOL!
Since the animals caught in this movie were captured in the most humanely way possible known at the time, were kept in monitored quarters until they were flown to the States, and were given to zoos, what are your feelings about their capture? Would you prefer that we did not have zoos and all the animals could remain free? If that were so, do you think there would be organizations devoted to stopping the extinction of certain animal species? Do you think our children would learn and care about the wild animals and perhaps get degrees in their care?
Question: Why did Sean, (Duke) lasso the zebra instead of using the catch pole? How many times did it take him to lasso it and why?
Ideally, all animals would have sufficient range to remain in their native habitat and live free and wild. That would be lovely. Unfortunately, we human beings have uncontrolled population growth and we have damaged habitat to the degree that virtually every animal habitat has been destroyed or changed. Some people find it difficult to accept this but denial of facts doesn't make them invalid. Did you know there are more tigers living in the state of Texas than there are living in the wild in Siberia? That's right. There are fewer than 500 Siberian tigers left living in the wild. The largest carnivorous cat in the world is nearly extinct in its natural habitat.
It's absolutely unrealistic to believe that zoos can be eliminated. They're the only place most people will see wild animals in their lifetimes. For those who decry their necessity, one wonders how many people are in their own families...and how many children they have. There is an inverse connection between human population and the habitat encroachment on wildlife population all over the world. The more people the fewer wildlife, it's as simple as that.
Without zoos to maintain some genetic diversity, we would lose these species forever. Many of them are already extinct in their natural habitat. I see zoos as a necessary evil until people come to their senses and realize this planet cannot support uncontrolled numbers of humanity.
There are more humans than there are rats on the planet now. Did you know that? We now outnumber vermin at 7 billion people. We're already living in a mass extinction. It may already be too late to turn it around unless we do something about it in the next 10 years. I have a son. Perhaps you have children. They are our hostages to the future. They will pay the price for our mistakes and the price will be high.
This is the sixth mass extinction. Now extinct in the wild:
Camelus dromedarius (Dromedary)
Elaphurus davidianus (Pere David's Deer)
Oryx dammah (Oryx)
Ceratotherium simum cottoni (Northern White Rhino)
Panthera tigris amoyensis (South China Tiger)
Corvus hawaiiensis Hawaii Crow
Gallirallus owstoni Guam Rail
Mitu mitu Alagoas Curassow
Zenaida graysoni Socorro Dove
Atelopus zeteki Panamanian Golden Frog
Craugastor punctariolus Bob's Robber Frog
Hemiphractus sp. Casque-headed Frog
Nectophrynoides asperginis Kihansi Spray Toad
This list is neither comprehensive nor inclusive of the megafauna we have lost in the last century. It's only a short illustration of a few animals that would be forever lost were it not for zoos. It doesn't include Ray-finned fish, tortoises nor microfauna.
Keith, honey, are you sorry you asked?