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Trip to the Zoo
"Hit an elephant with a dart and he just reaches
around and pulls it out with his trunk.
But hit a whale in the heart and the whole ocean
Gina Del Ray was on the bus like all the other students when the revelation came to her that she, like all the other students, was just an animal in a big metal cage being taken to see other animals in cages. And while this frightened her in that moment, she took comfort in learning we are all just animals on a planet.
In the parking lot disembarking from the bus, through the turnstiles being counted one by one and now in front of the monkey cage, Gina began her field trip into nature, confined. The monkeys stared at her, begging in their minds for some peanuts from the hands of yet another tourist. And Gina stared back, searching in their eyes for that tiny spark of light that speaks of the creatures having life, of having souls.
Just before lunch when they were all to gather together in the park Gina snuck away from the pack to poke her head into the meadow behind the barn. There, where the zoo gave way to the farmlands and forests and meadows, there in the sunlight of that glorious day, there before her, beckoning her, danced the most curious creatures.
After lunch, again with the students on the tour Gina Del Ray was forced to view animal after animal caged, abused, tortured. Hour after hour, giraffe, orangutan, bear. And over it all hovered the drone of Ms. Finglus, their teacher. "The panda eats as its diet the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. And since eucalyptus has disappeared from our planet, the pandas soon will, too."
Throughout the afternoon Gina kept hoping for a miracle, a moment of magic when one of the animals would turn to her and look at her with the glint of soul in its eyes. She wanted to know, she needed to know, that there was a connection between humans and animals that went beyond master/slave, top of the food chain, how warm would I be in your fur? She needed to know that in this wide Universe of ours humans weren't the only sentient beings. But all she saw in those animal eyes, these last animals on the planet, all she saw was a willingness to be kept in a cage until death.
Animals Gina Del Ray Saw at the Zoo.
Michael came over to Gina Del Ray as she sat on the bus on the ride
home. "Got anymore lunch in that lunch box? Any more realitys to share?"
And so that day while at the zoo, Gina Del Ray came to understand the nature of animals and the nature of humans. Just as they, I am sure, had come to understand her.
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