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the death of a dolphin named Nea at the Brookfield Zoo on Monday, it was
business as usual when shows resumed the next day. Nea suffered a fractured
skull after apparently colliding with another dolphin. Staff were alerted to the
collision after hearing a "loud pop."
twisted logic, the zoo's senior vice president of "collections"
claimed the show resumed since the dolphins "love to do the demonstrations
because it is part of their normal behavior." For the record, dolphins' "normal
behavior" is swimming dozens of miles a day, not swimming in circles in a
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other animals have died in troubling circumstances at the Brookfield Zoo,
including Mame, an
elephant in her prime at age 34 who was found on the ground with serious
injuries, a 4-month-old tiger cub who lost his right foreleg and part of his
tail after being attacked by another tiger, a giraffe named Dusti,
and 16 stingrays used in the touch tank.
Now that scientists
have proved that dolphins
talk, let's use our own vocal cords to
converse with family and friends and remind them that every ticket purchased to
a zoo or aquarium means supporting the miserable lives and deaths of captive dolphins
and other animals.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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