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Photo of a poor, bored Brown Bear at the Melbourne Zoo . Taken on Friday’s RedBubble journey to the Zoo for our Inner Animal challenge.

If there’s one thing I’m taking home with me after our Zoo trip, it’s how sad it is taking photos of animals in Zoos like these. Some of these animals are clearly not enjoying themselves in any way trapped how they are – perhaps the Werribee Open Range Zoo would be nicer for them, but I just couldn’t get this out of my brain, so perhaps that’s why I’ve chosen one of the photos I took that was covered in fences and barriers.

Sometimes I feel like this bear, like there’s too much crap, like fences, conveniently positioned trees and barriers in between me and where I’d much rather be just enjoying other stuff and chasing tourists (ok – maybe not the tourist bit).

Thankfully, we don’t necessarily associate completely with an animal as the Brown Bear is known for eating both plant and animal material – my preference of course being the latter. But they do eat up to 15kg of it – which I’m all for. My hair is quite unkempt at the moment and I do tend to let my fingernails grow out of laziness, but I’m not sure whether I’ve reached the 5cm in length that these Rapter-like claws do. I’m also perfectly aligned with their abilities of only running in short bursts, having periods of lethargy and building up layers of fat to cope with the winter.

If, per chance, this is to come first in the challenge, my dosh will be going to: Mission in Action where my wife was volunteering over Christmas and where Chucky our sponsor child is!

Other RB Staffsters doing there thing:

Here’s one of his other buddies also bored to death.

I make things not ugly at Redbubble – hopefully you agree.

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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Now that is a bit scary Russell!!! But to the winter bit, yes, I can relate to that!! Very amusing!! :)))

  • It was pretty cold when we were there mind you – so I don’t know what this fella was doing outside!

    – Russell Greenwood

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    Zoos can be very sad places. The one I visited today just made me feel miserable.

    I personally always fancy myself as something of a Bear when the cold weather sets in…. I love winter food & begin entertaining the thought of actually spending the entire season sleeping…..

  • Yes – very sad. Although, I can’t say I’d much rather meet a bear in the wild…

    – Russell Greenwood

  • onetonshadow
    onetonshadowover 4 years ago

    I bet ‘Bear Stand Up’ is a pretty dull affair.

  • Yogi, what are you doing today? “Yawning”, Fred – what about you? “Sleeping”, John? “I thought I’d have a doze”… yes, I agree.

    – Russell Greenwood

  • peter
    peterover 4 years ago

    I’m with you … the whole zoo concept doesn’t sit well.

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlover 4 years ago

    :( I like your perspective… peering through the fence. Poor buddy.

  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrimover 4 years ago

    Great photograph Russ, I think you need a hug.

  • Sure, as long as your fingernails aren’t 5cm long!

    – Russell Greenwood

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Your composition makes your points very well.

  • Cheers mate, appreciate the comment.

    – Russell Greenwood

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 4 years ago

    He looks so sad! This makes me feel sad. I think I need a hug… promise I’ll try not to break any glasses with my bum this time though ;)

    No one with half a heart could fail to be moved by this image and your words.

  • The moment I saw you wrote the word hug I slowly moved all the glasses away – it’s all good. Thanks Rhana :)

    – Russell Greenwood

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 4 years ago

    Poor bugger, your words and image speak volumes.

  • yeah, it’s quite sad – he didn’t really move from that spot the entire time we were there. At least his friend was kickin’ back a bit an relaxing, but this guy was just staring :(

    – Russell Greenwood

  • DPPhoto
    DPPhotoover 4 years ago

    wonderful perspective!

  • Cheers!

    – Russell Greenwood

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