Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just A Tiny PR Problem

An epic fail at a Florida aquarium.

This reminds me of the time we are at the old Steinmetz Aquarium in Golden Gate Park and we saw an alligator eat a turtle, crunching the shell and all. A couple kids nearby started crying while we whisked ours away before they figured out what was happening.

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  1. Well, in your case I'd say if the kids are old enough it's a chance to teach them a few realities of nature. But in the linked story, yeah, epic fail.

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  2. Petrea, this is when they were really little and the event probably would've been traumatic. Not what we wanted for a happy family vacation! ;-)

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  3. Yeah, not when they're little. That's too much for the tiny ones to take.

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  4. When I was in college, I drove the tram at the LA Zoo. One morning an elephant died, and they had to chop him up to be able to load him in the truck. Unfortunately, it took longer than they thought, and guess which truck full of elephant parts drove by which tram full of passengers?

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  5. Ooohhh, that had to hurt! There must've been some awkward questions on the tour that morning.

    I had never contemplated how long it would take to chainsaw (?) an elephant carcass, but I can imagine it would take longer than anticipated almost every time. ;-)

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  6. Hiker, you say you drove the tram. Did you talk, too? Because if anyone could talk their way through that, you could.

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  7. Yes, I usually talked, but this time, oh no, I couldn't. At first there were gasps, because the pieces were recognizably elephant. (The elephant was quite old and died of cancer, by the way.) And then a little boy started to scream.

    I have a funny story to tell you about my last day as tour guide, but I'll save that for offline.

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