PHOTO FRIDAY 33 – Zoo Faces

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

The last time I visited our little zoo, Ava was a toddler and my daughter didn’t want me to bring along my camera. This should be family time, she said, and she wasn’t wrong. So, zoo faces became secondary and I focused on Ava’s. If I wasn’t chasing after her, I was enjoying her facial expressions at different exhibits. She especially liked giraffes.

It took me few years to go back, this time with my camera and a friend who didn’t insist on just friend time. I’m big, I mean HUGE, animal lover and I was ecstatic to go. First we saw tigers’ exhibit and once the initial excitement faded, sadness emerged. These poor animals should be running, crawling, flying, swimming, or whatever they do, freely or at least in a big enough space.

You could clearly sense their despair. Or maybe that’s just me. My daughter thinks I’m an animal whisperer, lol. But seriously! Nipping at their own feathers until bare skin shows, crouching in the furthest and darkest corners of their cages or staring blankly into space doesn’t translate “hey, I’m happy here” to me.

Zoo Faces

Just look at those sad creatures of God. Beautiful, but pathetic nonetheless. If you saw this zoo you too would wish to build them large shelters and provide better care. You and I both know they will never be free. This was it, my friends! No more going to the zoo for me. I can’t get their faces out of my head. And besides, there were no giraffes this time!

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Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

Zoo faces - All that's Jas

It was downright depressing. Sorry if I ruined your day. To cheer you up, I’m offering photos of free living critters and creatures. OK, they’re mostly birds from my backyard but there are a few surprises you don’t want to miss. See you there!

 

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  1. Reply
    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    October 22, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Marvelous shots! I love these faces.
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/10/springtime-memories.html

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thank you bunches! :

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    Driller's Place
    October 18, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Great diversity of images. The color of the parrot is incredible, but the face on that lion is priceless. Very nice work. Have a blessed week.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 18, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much. That lion was my favorite too 🙂 Thanks for stopping in! Blessings!

  3. Reply
    Molly
    October 17, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Lovely shot, I love the lion

    Mollyxxx

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Molly! 🙂

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    Ann
    October 6, 2016 at 5:41 am

    For such a depressing trip, your pictures surely turned out exquisite, Jas! Where is this zoo at? I love zoos (and Singapore having one of the best zoos around), but I’ll avoid this one you mention.
    The last zoo I went to that depressed me was the one in Bangkok…never been back to this day.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Ann! This one is local, in my city. The best one I’ve been to is in Canada and it’s safari style…you either drive your car around or you take their tour bus. You have more control in your own car but you might lose a side mirror, antenna or some other parts – those monkeys are vicious, haha.

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    October 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Jas, that is so sad but I get what you are saying. It is hard to watch them in captivity. Once we had a canary fly to our balcony and the poor thing didn’t know what to do. It had obviously gotten out of its cage and flown away but it looked so lost. We felt terrible because there was no way we could help it. Some of the animals may not know how to survive outside of the zoo. In a perfect world they never would have ended up there.
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      Jas
      October 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      You are right. They couldn’t survive, but at least they should have a decent size cage… 🙁

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    Michelle
    October 1, 2016 at 3:27 am

    OMW you take the most amazing photos Jas. Simply stunning and I must agree with you. Zoo’s make me sad. All of Mother Nature’s beautiful creatures behind bars. It’s just not right. Thank you so much for sharing these lovelies and your memories with us at Sweet Inspiration

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      Jas
      October 1, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Thank you, Michelle, and thanks for hosting one of my favorite parties. 🙂

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