Monday, August 22, 2011

Stay on your side of the fence

Last night Chris and I were downstairs folding laundry and watching a bit of telly. A show came on about animal attacks. Neither Chris nor I are partial to the ones that involve scuba divers (or sharks) but as this one featured Binky, the [late] polar bear of the Alaska Zoo, we remained glued to the tv.

I spent some time at the zoo back in 2003 and we used to take the zoo summer camp kids on behind the scenes tours of the animal enclosures. Often, after locking the bears up in their interior runs, the kids would be let loose in the outdoor exhibits to drizzle honey on the logs or hide rubber dog toys filled with treats for the bears to discover. That was for the black bears.

 The polar bear exhibit, however, was strictly off limits. I hadn’t seen the video at that point; no wonder they were a wee bit leery of having folks in close proximity to the bruins.

 Moral of the story, Peeps: don’t go climbing over those fences!

 [No blood in the video, and it has a happy ending for everybody. Well, except for Binky who got the consolation prize: the gal's tennis shoe]


  1. Katherine J3:33 PM

    Greg and I watched this last night too! I'm glad she admitted at the end of the story that climbing the fence was the dumbest thing she's done; prevented me from yelling the obvious at the tv :)

  2. I know right?! Hello, almost Darwin award candidate. The cage where that happened is now where the grizzly bears are now and I'm petty sure that the viewing platform is now elevated, making it extremely hard for a person to repeat that stunt...

    Did you watch the one right after that? About the woman and the whale? I didn't have the guts to...I don't like the water ones!

  3. Katherine J9:43 AM

    We did watch the whale one! That one freaked us out more than the others. Of course she did jump into the water AFTER seeing a large pod of whales swimming around...