Author: feibisi

4 Jan

We set out like prisoners off to their execution.

We set out like prisoners off to their execution. We left the house, went through the gate, entered the zoo. It was early and the zoo hadn’t opened yet to the public.   Animal keepers and groundskeepers were going about theirwork. I noticed Sitaram, who oversaw the orang-utans, myfavourite keeper. He paused to watch us
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3 Jan

The cruelty is often more active and direct. The

The cruelty is often more active and direct. The literaturecontains reports on the many torments inflicted upon zooanimals: a shoebill dying of shock after having its beaksmashed with a hammer; a moose stag losing its beard, alongwith a strip of flesh the size of an index finger, to a visitor’sknife (this same moose was poisoned
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3 Jan

stealing a cobra. He was a snake charmerwhose

stealing a cobra. He was a snake charmerwhose own snake had died. Both were saved: the cobra froma life of servitude and bad music, and the man from apossible death bite. We had to deal on occasion with stonethrowers, who found the animals too placid and wanted areaction. And we had the lady whose sari
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2 Jan

Mr. Kumar looked up and saw me. He smiled and,

Mr. Kumar looked up and saw me. He smiled and, onehand holding onto the railing, the other waving, signalled me tocome over.   This is interesting…” He was indicating the pit. “If we hadpoliticians like these goats and rhinos we’d have fewer problemsin our country. Unfortunately we have a prime minister whohas the armour plating
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2 Jan

He’s an excellent cook. His overheated house is

He’s an excellent cook. His overheated house is alwayssmelling of something delicious. His spice rack looks like anapothecary’s shop. When he opens his refrigerator or hiscupboards, there are many brand names I don’t recognize;in fact, I can’t even tell what language they’re in. We arein India. But he handles Western dishes equally well. Hemakes me
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