Dog Eat Doug (8/6/10)

As a child, I visited Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo on a regular basis. I was particularly taken with the big cats, but I also liked the primates, penguins, giraffes, and hippos. One thing I did not like, however, was the Farm-in-the-Zoo. This underwhelming exhibit featured cows, goats, and pigs on a simulated acre of farmland, complete with a cherry-red barn. Cows are not particularly exotic, so I was always disappointed with the exhibit. Now if the zoologists had thought to replace the bovines with straw-hatted, hay-hauling orangutans…then they would have had something.

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