Sunday 14 June 2015


This will be just a one day news item, quickly forgotten, but in Georgia (the country not the state) there was a terrible flood and the zoo animals escaped their enclosures.
 A man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep at a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, 14 June 2015
What a nightmare! Lions, tigers, bears, hippos and God knows what other animals were set free due to the flood. Not only is the city in a state of emergency, but the emergency workers will have to be aware that there are hungry, meat eating animals hunting food.
I’m terrified just thinking about it, but then I am one of the old and weak that carnivores prey on. If that isn’t worry enough, most zoos that I have been to have entomology sections with many large, deadly spiders that are now on the loose in Tbilisi Georgia. Those terrifying large carnivores can be tracked and tranquilized, but the spiders?
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Oh, what about the snakes? I hate snakes and zoos have buildings to house the reptiles. God, I hope the snake house wasn’t affected.

All I can say is that it will be a cold day in Hell before I travel to Tbilisi Georgia. Yes, I had not heard of the place before yesterday and it would have been unlikely for me to travel to Eastern Europe anyways. Now, it is more than unlikely, it just won’t happen!!!!

During our flood in Calgary a couple of years ago the zoo keepers had time to remove most of the animals. There was a contingency plan to house the big cats in our jail cells temporarily. I was all for that, it would have kept the cats under lock and key and with any luck the taxpayer may have saved a few bucks in trials that were no longer necessary. The one distressing thing that still worries me is that the piranha managed to escape. No one else seems to be worried about that, but I know there are flesh eating fish in the Bow River. No way will I ever again dangle my toes in the cool waters of the Bow. 

Well, not if I want to keep them.

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