Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ask a Zookeeper: Surprisingly Ferocious Animals


As many of you know, I am the Zookeeper-in-Residence on Jobstr.com--a website where "you can ask people anything about their jobs and answer questions about yours. It’s as though [they] took the classic 'What do you do?' cocktail party question and turned it into a website…minus the awkward small-talk."

I have been having a great time hosting my Zookeeper Q&A so far, and I have decided to reprint one of my favorite Jobstr questions on my blog every Tuesday. (Do you have your very own "Ask a Zookeeper" question for me? Ask it HERE!)

Here is this week's question:

Q: "Are there any animals that SEEM cuddly and docile to zoo visitors, but are actually ferocious and around which you need to be careful?" -Dan79

A: Absolutely! My general saying is that any animal with a mouth is capable of biting. ;)

Many visitors believe a zoo's only dangerous animals are the carnivores, but many of the world's most unpredictable and powerful animals are actually herbivores. Even the cute and cuddly creatures are capable of packing a pretty powerful punch. That's why it's important for animal care professionals to never let our guards down. No matter how long we have been working with a particular animal, we must always remember it is a wild animal, not a pet. 

Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons
As a specific example, I used to work in a facility that displayed arctic foxes. They were the cutest things in the world--fluffy and white, with button eyes and little black noses--but their cuteness transformed the moment anyone got too close. If given the opportunity, they would have probably chewed my fingers off. :)

3 comments:

Caryn Caldwell said...

Oh, my gosh. I LOVE YOU for posting the jobstr.com link. What an invaluable site for writers. Amazing! I'm going to bookmark it and share it with other writers. Thanks!

And dangerous or not, that acrid fox is gorgeous. Look at all that beautiful white fur!

Humberto Dib said...

Hi, LisaAnn, I just stopped by to say hello!
Cheers from Argentina.
HD

Dinda Amanda said...



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