Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

March 15, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Okay, maybe only giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos and tapirs.
This could only happen in Florida, right?
After all, this is the land of the Magic Kingdom and the Orlando Magic.
A bill, HB1117, surprisingly called the Jurassic Park Bill,
has just been approved in Tallahassee and only awaits the governors' signature
to become a law that will then allow zoos to turn wild animals loose to graze.
What ?
I saw this two days ago and had to open my big mouth, of course, in response to a
quite thoughtfully written story by Frank Cerabino of the Palm Beach Post.
My usual, unemotional, unbiased comments in response to his story were as follows:

"How much more can the beleaguered wildlife in this state endure?
The list of endangered plants and animals is now hovering at 200.
Habitats have been given away to developers, golfers, boaters and
let's not forget the Cross Florida Barge canal to nowhere.
Panthers are hit and killed nearly every day because they have nowhere else to go,
Gopher Tortoises are buried alive for buildings, Birds and Butterflies
are driven from their ancestral homes for recreational facilities.
When, where does it end?"

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