Do you feed the animals in the zoo?

@youless (91494)
Guangzhou, China
May 26, 2008 10:07am CST
When you visit a zoo, will you feed the animals with your own food? In fact the warning suggests visitors not to do so as it may not be healthy for animals. But I often prepare for food so that I can feed to my favorite animals. I ignore the warning. I don't think my food is harmful for animals. How about you?
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@chrissieatu (1033)
• China
27 May 08
I seldom do so except feeding the pigeons. In fact they doesn't mean that our food is not healthy, but that if we feed the animals, it will interrupt their normal eating habit. This in return do some kind of harm to the animals. Anyway, I rarely visit the zoo now. When I do so, I seldom bring food with me. Then it's likely that I feed the animals.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
In fact I haven't seen a real pigeon before.
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• China
28 May 08
My mother works in a holiday resort. They used to have pigeons there. Thus I can go there to feed them.
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
27 May 08
human food is not for animal consumption because of preservatives only the human body can absorb. if you love them then do not feed them with your food , it might do more harm than good. you are only satisfying your enjoyment of feeding the animals not their welfare. obedience to zoo regulations is an obedience that must be respected because you are only a visitor.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 08
You are right. I will not do the same thing again.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
27 May 08
There's several good reasons why you shouldn't feed the animals at the zoo. Firstly, you don't want them to get sick by eating food they're not used to, secondly, you don't want an animal hurting itself trying to jump out of it's enclosure or something trying to get your food. They are also trying to keep the animals as wild as possible, and not doing tricks to get food from humans. It's a bad idea all way round.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
You are right. Thanks for your response.
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
15 Jun 08
red carps - I love to feed the carps in the West Lake with the ready-prepared bread. It is a lot of fun to see all of the carps shooting towards the bread thrown into the lake.
Hello dear youless. I don't feed the animals in the zoo as I seldom have a chance to visit the zoo, which is so far away from the city. But I love to feed the carps in the West Lake with the ready-prepared bread. It is a lot of fun to see all of the carps shooting towards the bread thrown into the lake. That is a wonderful view for us to take a photo of the carps...
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jun 08
That's so interesting. I become to like your place as I am interested in the little creatures. I have been to West Lake before but I have not found the carps there at that time.
• China
16 Jun 08
You are welcome to Hangzhou. If you come again, I suggest that you pay a visit to HuaGangGuangYu. That is a place where you can see lots of carps and many scenic spots around the West Lake are free to visitors. Good day.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I haven't fed any animals at the zoo yet. But I suppose it would be OK, as long as it wasn't the lions! They're usually on a strict raw beef and chicken diet. I don't want to get anywhere near those things. I heard about a lion handler who had his arm mauled when he opened the tiny window to insert the food. The lions were apparently not pleased that he was an hour late with their food. I would not be pleased either! LOL!
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jun 08
In fact in the past usually I would feed the fruits and biscuits for monkeys or bears.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
30 May 08
No, I do not feed the animals at the zoo. The warnings are there for a reason and I for one am not going to go against it. I like animals too much to take a chance on feeding them food that could be harmful to them.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
30 May 08
Thanks for your response.
@ericajoyce (1748)
• Philippines
29 May 08
When my sister and I were young, we would go to the zoo and feed the giraffes. We would use leaves from the plants nearby to feed them. We didn't notice the warning signs. Maybe because we were young and didn't mind it at all. Some people were also feeding the girafes when they saw us.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
29 May 08
Thanks for your response.
@lieanat (1140)
• Malaysia
28 May 08
I will follow the rules in the zoo especially regarding not to feed the animal. First of all, the food we bring might harmful to the animal or it might affect its daily meal time. Besides, it's not hygiene to do so as the food will litter some places there and sure the zoo staff will scold you behind your back!!!
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
29 May 08
You are right.
@msulli22 (32)
28 May 08
Are you insane? A lot of animals have very finicky digestive systems. Animals often depend on the exact amount of the exact type of food! Have you ever noticed how some dogs get sick when they switch dog foods? It's because the new dog food is a shock to their digestive system. You should, no, MUST, stop feeding the animals food that you've brought into the zoo. It could be dangerous! Not to mention, remember those guys who got mauled by a tiger at the San Diego Zoo? They were taunting the tiger with food. I don't know about you, but I'm not about to depend on a wild animal knowing that I'm not trying to taunt it.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 08
I already know I am wrong in this aspect. But please don't call me insane as it's somewhat hurtful.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
28 May 08
I don't. I would not want people feeding my charges food that i couldn't take into account when planning their daily intake. Most of the zoos that i have been to, the animales that they don't mind you feeding there is a machine that you can get food for them (peanuts and such).This is taken into account as part of their daily food intake so will not harm them.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 08
Thanks for your response.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 May 08
When I go to the zoo yes I will feed them. They have these machines you put money in and out comes food for them. Its really expensive thou.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 08
I hope these machines will be available here.
@GardenGerty (99212)
• United States
27 May 08
Our animals are on special diets and I believe the food will hurt them. There are machines that sell appropriate foods in our zoo. I did not know how serious this was taken here, until a zoo employee cautioned me once. They also said I could be banned from coming to the zoo.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 08
I think they shouldn't ban you to the zoo. You didn't have a bad purpose, but it's just not a proper way for animals. I think few people really want to hurt the animals.
• China
27 May 08
I didn't go to a zoo for a long time. In my memories,I fed the animals. But now,I think we should respect the warning. It must be good for the animals,so we should do it.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
I respect your this opinion
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Hi youless! We do feed them but only if we asked the caretaker for permission. And they were always kind enough to tell us what we can feed the animals. We usually show them the food we are bringing and he will check and choose what food we can feed the animals. It is nice and fun to feed the animals. My nieces and nephew enjoy it very much. Take Care and God Bless! Celebrate Life!
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
That's better, my dear friend
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
27 May 08
When my friends or relatives visiting me together with their children, I am very fond of taking them to visit the zoo which is 5 km or so away from my house, as I know children love animals very much. The animal which the kids enjoy watching most is the monkey. I always buy them several packs of peanut from the kiosk in the zoo for the kid to feed the monkeys. Visitors are not prohibited to feed the monkey there. Of course I would join them together to have the fun feeding the mischievous and agile animals at the park inside the zoo. I enjoy watching innocent and adorable kids having great fun while feeding their favorite animals.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
I am glad to hear that.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
27 May 08
dear, the warning is not just to avoid from the animals from getting sick from eating the food we bring. it is actually to keep us safe from them.. it is really difficult to judge to level of safety and security in the zoo.. you cant be sure what the animals are capable of doing - especially the wild ones kept in captivity... you start feeding them... and they'll start to want more.. and expect 'other visitors' to give them food.. and soon.. they might 'get upset' when that doesnt happen.. and... you dunno... they might attack... also.. the animals i believe are fed at a specific time everyday by 'specific caretakers'... having visitors / guests feeding them at 'odd' times.. will only 'confuse' them.. so.. dont feed the animals - just follow the warnings.. the warnings are there to protect EVERYONE.. not just the animals and you...
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
It is very reasonable.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
26 May 08
I have not been in the Zoo for a long time and before when I had the chance to visit, I was very obedient to the rules,LOL, I am making myself busy by taking pictures everywhere and I don't bring food that time! I remember when I tease my neighbors monkey like I pretend I have something in my hand but,in reality, I have nothing, it makes him mad so much!LOL
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
Perhaps next time I shall be busy to take photos for the animals rather than feeding them.
@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
26 May 08
If there are warning signs saying not to feed, then I don't feed. I know very well that human food can be quite harmful for animals and to ignore warnings that the zoo staff has put up is plain ridiculous. You don't know better than the people who work there and are taking care of the animals every day. Some of those animals might even have food allergies, and you don't have a clue what type of food allergy that is. Feeding the animals should be left to the staff who know what the animals need to eat.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
You are right.
• United States
26 May 08
The warnings are there for a reason. You are not a trained zoologists, you don't know what is good for the animals or not. You don't know the health history of the particular animals you are feeding since you are not their keeper. Now, maybe if it were just you alone it might not be so bad. But, you are most likely not the only one ignoring the signs. So, all of you together are actually hurting the animals. Feeding them yourself is not healthy for them. The signs are there for a reason. Obey them.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
You are right. I do it for fun but I never want the animals to be hurtful anyway.
• South Africa
26 May 08
I don't feed the animals since the signs warn you not to. I don't think this has anything to do with the food being physically harmful to the animals, but rather that it conditions their behaviour to something the zoo authorities don't want. I agree that it is fun to feed the animals, but sometimes it is better to just listen to what the authorities want.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
27 May 08
You are right. Perhaps we will spoil the animals by our foods.