The New Zoo

“What is that one, daddy?” asked the young female, excited, and amazed at the odd creature, behind the glass barrier.

“Well, I’m not sure, honey, this one is a different color than the last one,” replied her father. he wanted to be able to explain it to his daughter, but she was only five , and since there were no signs, or plaques on the cages; even he didn’t know, for sure what they were. He knew there had been a great cataclysm many years ago, that almost caused the complete extinction of these creatures, but nothing concrete. Certainly nothing he could explain to his young daughter.
“Oh, let’s go to the next one, daddy,” exclaimed the little girl, then took her father’s hand, and led him to the next cage. This creature was obviously male, and wore a nasty scowl on his, mostly, hair covered face. It stood on two legs, and was hunched over, as if preparing to spring forward. when the small child approached the glass, he did just that; smashing up against the glass hard enough to make it bow slightly.
The little girl jumped back in response, and squeeled in fright. The father stepped forward, and rapped his knuckles against the glass, in warning to the animal.
“It’s ok, sweetheart, it can’t get you through the glass, it’s very thick,” assured the father.
“Are you sure, daddy?” questioned the little girl, looking unsure.
“Yes, are you sure,” echoed the mother.
“Absolutely,” affirmed the dad.
Seemingly satisfied with this, the little girl moved on to the next cage, with her parents following close behind.
“That one has red hair, daddy,” observed the small child.
“Yes, and it’s female too, so it’s not violent like the male was,” intoned the mother.
“All females aren’t non-violent,” said the father, in a low tone, but not low enough.
“Hey, I heard that,” revealed the mom, smiling sheepishly.
“Yah!,” agreed the daughter, then jumped on her dad’s leg, playfully.
“Hey! somebody get this animal off my leg,” said the dad, in mock fear.
The little girl jumped back, and said “I’m not a animal,” smiling broadly, as she did.
laughing together, as a family of silver-back gorillas should, they made their way, slowly, through the rest of the “New Zoo” looking at the assortment of human creatures displayed there.

The New Zoo

Dempsey Wilson

Omak, United States

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Imagine what it would be like if the roles of animals, and humans were reversed. The Zoo’s around the world would take on a different host of creatures; human creatures, and would be viewed as we view animals in zoos today. Perhaps someday people will realize how wrong it is to cage any animal, and display it as a curiosity.

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