Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year and moley spread

This is November's Moley journal for Will on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. She decided to use a different kind of journal so the paper was thinner and I had to use a different media than usually. These pages are colored with regular colored pencils.
Last weekend, actually on Christmas day, we went to a private ZOO park near us that had a live nativity display. Let me first tell you that I don't support ZOOs because animals don't belong in cages and poor living situations for our enjoyment and when my hubby wanted to take the kid to the city ZOO, they went without me. But this ZOO is rescued animals only. They rescue animals that would be put down by the other ZOOs and tend to injured, sick or orphaned wild animals. One way of raising money to keep the ZOO park is this nativity display.

Even though we're not religious and the reason we went is because the kid loves animals, I must admit it was magical. It was late afternoon when it's already dark, there was some mist because that's the kind of weather here at this time and they had torches along the path. The locals were dressed as nativity characters on different spots throughout the park including the animals and they were playing on these large bells that I don't know how to call but the sound was divine. 

I was most impressed by the bear which I thought would be hibernating at this time and white wolves. They closed off the bear's enclosure so he would be closer to the path and we could see him better. 

However, I had some issues with it. This was our second time visiting this ZOO park and I wasn't impressed by the enclosures then and it didn't get any better now. The owner said to us then that they plan on expanding and my friend was told the same some time before we went but to this day nothing changed apart from him getting some new animals for the ZOO. So the money can't be the issue since he told us he would be buying and importing those white wolves from another country. 

Ok, let me just get this off of my chest. Enclosures for the animals are too small. The wild boars are literally enclosed in 2x2 m cages. The first time I thought maybe it was because one had babies and it was for their protection but this time there was no reason for it apart from having them closer to the path so we could see them. One of them was exhibiting stress by rocking side to side. I saw the same behavior with a racoon that was pacing the same path up and down. I saw him the first time we were there and I saw him again this time. Another thing that bothered me was that animals had no inside shelter. There were roofs made but there was no closed stable to keep them warm. 

And call me crazy but it doesn't make sense to me to reproduce animals in captivity, if they're not on the brink of extinction. This place is rescuing animals, why would you make babies? It decreases the enclosure space for other animals that are already there and makes it harder for the place to get new rescues. It's like getting a cat and letting her reproduce and keeping all the kittens. You end up with 50 cats in an apartment and a title crazy cat lady. 

I saw several pregnant goats, a sheep with twin babies and already mentioned baby boars from a while back.  I don't know about the rest but I think it's safe to say that birds were reproducing as well since there was a whole flock of agapornis fischers along with a bunch of guinea pigs. 

I'm torn now whether to support this ZOO park or not. They have the right idea but execution of it is poor. I guess one could say the animals are better off here than dead but are they really?
I'm making an exception for this photo and showing you my baby boy because he's so darn cute. :)
 Happy New Year, everyone! 
Have a fabulous 2017!

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  1. Your art pieces are so cute! Love them! I agree with you about zoo's! And, it's hard to say, about the one, you are supporting. They are doing a good job on saving the animals, but they need an advisor about how the zoo should be kept for the animals! Something should be done about that! Your baby boy is so cute! He has grown so much! Thank you for sharing the picture! Happy New Year! Big Hugs and Many Blessings!

  2. Your sketches are charming. As for the issue of zoos and animals in captivity, I agree, there is much room for improvement.
    Happy New Year.
    ~~ Irene

  3. I love your art and the photo of your boy.... is is adorable. As far as the Zoo goes. I have seen some horrible conditions at Zoos. These animals were not born to be in a cage. I get it that they provide entertainment and some knowledge for humans, but if you think there is a problem there a letter to the board of that Zoo might get them to look at things. If nothing else it would give you peace of mind. Wishing you the best 2017.

  4. What fun artwork NatashaMay and that little cutie looks adorable. I hope Santa was good to him :D
    I'm not in favour of Zoos either, but the way you describe your visit makes me think differently about it.
    I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year and all the best for a creative 2017 :D
    p.s. I haven't had time this last week to create any artwork, so I thought I'd just visit everyone instead. I'm having great fun!

  5. Charming!! Happy PPF and happy new year, too!! :)

  6. OMGoodness he has grown. Happy New Year and many Blessings, Janet


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