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10 Photos of Sad Animals In Zoos

10 Photos of Sad Animals In Zoos

Over 175 million people visit zoos each year, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. And public zoos have been around since 1857. Since the 1960s, preserving threatened and endangered species have been on many zoos’ agendas, like the Smithsonian  National Zoological Park. But there are supporters for zoos and others against zoos who are vocal about animal rights. Whatever a person’s point of view is, there is a growing understanding that zoos regardless of their agenda are not always picture perfect.

Take a look at these photos of animals in zoos.

Chained

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    When the animals are chained or in small, caged enclosures, the wild animals seem reduced to tormented looking house pets. This picture taken by Nat Rogers of a chained tiger is from the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple in Thailand.

    Disheartened

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          Some animals seem to be caught in a moment of loneliness or depression, like in the photographs taken by professional photographer Toni Amengual. He specifically visited zoos during the winter in order to capture the unhappy, isolating images.

          Shamed

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            Eric Pillot, a professional photographer, also has zoo animals in his gallery. The animals are often pictured looking away and staring at walls.

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            Forlorn

            Sad by Ines van Megan

              Ines van Megen-Thijssen captured sadness when she visited a zoo.  Primates, which we humans sometimes readily empathize with because we share some traits like body gestures and community groups, lend themselves as great subjects for photographs with emotion.

              Just A Sad Day

              A Sad Day by Haslam

                Elizabeth Haslam, another photographer, also found “A Sad Day” at the zoo.

                Just A Sad Frog

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                Suzanne's Stream Sad Frog

                  In some cases we may be just reading into the sadness, like with this cute, little frog from Suzanne’s Stream. According to some, like at Frog Forum, frogs have emotions that serve them by keeping them alive, but do not experience bonding or loneliness like humans or other animals do.

                  Birds Of A Feather

                  Macaws

                    Jen Starr found these un-majestic macaws tucked away in a concrete corner enclosure of a zoo. Birds can strip their own feathers when experiencing stress, but they naturally molt a couple of times a year. According to Ron Hines, DVM, PhD, birds exposed to natural light molt less frequently than birds in artificial light. If the birds are molting due to seasonal changes in light exposure, that is natural. If they are molting more frequently, it could be forced molting, which puts the animal’s body under stress and can cause health problems and a shortening of life.

                    Animals With Deep Feelings

                    Sadness in Chimps

                      In this photograph of a chimpanzee by Michael Nichols of National Geographic, sadness can be detected easily in just his or her facial expression. According to Olivier Berton, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, depression and other unpleasant emotional states like anxiety, can be diagnosed in primates and in dogs, but because animals can’t tell us how they are feeling, we can’t say with certainty if an animal is experiencing depression like a human does.

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                      But according to Marc Bekoff, Ph. D., there are plenty of studies that demonstrate how zoos in general harm animals by altering their natural behavior. Animals are seen pacing incessantly back and forth, becoming obese or emaciated. Some animals have been observed to self-mutilate.

                      Zoos worldwide have different agendas and operate at different levels of responsibility. At some point it is up to the visitors to decide if they should support their individual zoological parks or decide to advocate for the animals who may be harmed due to malpractice.

                      Featured photo credit: Gerd Altmann via pixabay.com

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                      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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