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  • Zoos - and the keeping of wild animals in captivity - cause me many mixed feelings. On the one hand, the animals do not thrive when taken from their natural habitat and are bored and often devolve into behaviors like excessive rocking, as well as other self-destructive captivity behavior. As a question of ethics, it is morally wrong to subject an animal to this type of life. On the other hand, because mankind has so encroached on many of the natural habitats, a zoo may be the only way to preserve these animals from extinction.

    Personally, I try to telepathically connect with the animals in the zoo. What I get from them is a lot of distress signals. Except for the otters, they seem to have a good time no matter what. Maybe if you live a very good life you get to come back an otter - but not in a zoo.

    A good friend of mine worked at the Philadelphia Zoo. She is a kind woman and is unquestionably an animal lover. She has rescued several greyhounds and is active in that organization.

    One of her duties at the zoo was to feed the lions. She recounted her reoccurring dream.

    The lion never frightened me. He could barely be bothered to open his eyes. The lioness, however, was a different story. The lioness watched me intently, every move I made, calculating. I could feel her eyes on me. I don't know if it is because she associates me with her food, or because she thinks of me as food. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night after dreaming of the lioness. In my dream, I would be doing my job, bringing the food, only this time, it happens. The lioness finally gets me.

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