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By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 7th, 2007 at 8:41 am in Zoos.

It’s feeding time once again at the San Francisco Zoo’s Lion House.
The next thing you hear will be the sound of sharp teeth ripping flesh.

The zoo’s Lion House, one of its most popular programs, has been closed since last year when a female trainer’s arm was badly injured after a tiger grabbed her. Since then, zoo management has made structural changes to the cages in the Lion House and retrained the lion keepers to help protect them.

The S.F. Zoo’s Lion House feeding show reopens today. Lion feeding shows are held at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

In a wire story I read, one mother of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old said she would definitely bring her kids back to see the lion feeding show.

Hey, doesn’t everybody wants their kids to see those huge carnivores ripping and snarling and gulping down those big dripping chunks of bloody horse meat? It’s something warm and special they can share with their preschool classes.

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One Response to “LET’S GET PRIMAL!”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    You know Gary, even when I was a little girl (and THAT’S over 50 years ago!), I didn’t like zoos, circuses etc, and I never knew why. (I guess 4 year olds don’t rationalize all that well.) I can only assume that since seeing caged animals now really affects me, that had to be the reason even then. I can still picture Tilly, the adult elephant, standing in her exhibit with her friend the donkey as her only companion. The most exercise she got was sticking her noes through the bars to accept peanuts. The enclosure, as I remember it, was no bigger than a 2 car garage; all cement and bars…sounds more like a cell to me! So sad!!

    Pat in Antioch

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