A while back I posted about a Rocky Mountain Elk Herd coming to Washington and the breathtaking photos accompanying their arrival. But what’s better than elk photos? An elk video of course. On March 27th, footage of a large elk herd jumping a fence and crossing a Montana highway was posted by Washington-native Austin Stonnell, going viral on youtube within a few days. The inspirational video (possibly tear-worthy) shows the last elk in the herd struggling for a bit before finally hopping over the fence and joining the others, and the best part is that several elk can be seen waiting for it. It sounds like something out of a Disney movie, but the miraculous thing is, it isn’t. You can check out the video below, and if you’re having a bad day that could use some encouragement, you might want to prepare a few tissues.
It seems like most everyone has fun childhood memories of vising the zoo, watching penguins scoot and slide across the ice, feeling transported to exotic locations all around the world through the viewing of lions, mountain goats, polar bears. But on the other side of those warm experiences of youthful world expansion is the fact that we were all looking at animals who were forced into confinement for our entertainment. The topic of zoo-keeping ethics is not a new one, but reading this article about the Woodland Park Zoo and its elephant conundrum got me thinking about the issue again. Continue reading