I went to the Melbourne Zoo yesterday. My daughter was very keen to see the Orang enclosure and compare Perth’s with Melbourne… she loyally prefers Perth but does concede Melbourne has some good points.
We went to see the gorillas. I was quite keen never having seen a gorilla “in the flesh” so to speak. There was quite a lot of people crowding the viewing area but I managed to get a vantage point and could see them in action. I couldn’t stay.
I was so uncomfortable. They are just too like us. I felt I was looking at inmates. It was horrible.
Perhaps it was because I’d seen the day before an episode of “The Mighty Boosh” – one of the main characters is a gorilla… I don’t know. I just know that I didn’t like it and had to leave. Yes even reading the daily tabloid was preferable.
And after that – the whole experience was somehow lessened.