Humans On Display At London Zoo -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
SelesFan70's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 11,181
Humans On Display At London Zoo

Humans Are Ones on Display at London Zoo By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 14 minutes ago

LONDON - Caged and barely clothed, eight men and women monkeyed around for the crowds Friday in an exhibit labeled "Humans" at the London Zoo.

"Warning: Humans in their Natural Environment" read the sign at the entrance to the exhibit, where the captives could be seen on a rock ledge in a bear enclosure, clad in bathing suits and pinned-on fig leaves. Some played with hula hoops, some waved.

Visitors stopped to point and laugh, and several children could be heard asking, "Why are there people in there?"

London Zoo spokeswoman Polly Wills says that's exactly the question the zoo wants to answer.

"Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate," Wills said.

The exhibit puts the three male and five female "homo sapiens" amid their primate relatives. While their neighbors might enjoy bananas and a good scratch, these eight have divided interests, from a chemist hoping to raise awareness about apes to a self-described actor/model and fitness enthusiast.

For others, the aping around is just another forum for rampant exhibitionism and self-promotion.

Pointing at one heavy muscled and gleaming body on the ledge, one visitor joked that the zoo should consider a breeding program.

"You can tell why some people came here, like the big muscly men who clearly like parading around in thongs," said Damien Largey, 23.

Melissa Wecker, 21, was disappointed that the humans were wearing swimsuits beneath their fig leaves. "They're not doing anything. It looked lots better on the news," she complained.

Tom Mahoney, 26, decided to participate after his friend sent him an e-mail about the contest as a joke. Anything that draws attention to apes, he said, has his support.

"A lot of people think humans are above other animals," he told The Associated Press. "When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds us that we're not that special."

Mark Ainsworth, 21, heard about the Human Zoo on the news.

"I've lived in this country for nine years and have never come to a zoo," said Ainsworth. "This exhibit made us come to the zoo. Humans are animals too!"

Like the rest of their caged neighbors, the humans had a variety of toys to keep them entertained — board games, music, paints, and balls.

They are being treated as animals, complete with keepers, but are allowed to go home each night at closing time.

When visitor Peter Bohn, 42, saw the "animals" juggling, he stopped and had a good laugh.

"It's hilarious," he said. "It turns everything upside down. It makes you think about the humans in relation to the animals."

After three hours, Mahoney is still having fun except for when the wind picks up. But, he added, "I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it."

This has to be the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while.

Tammy Bruce RightSideOfTheRainbow

Liberals: Hard on the unborn, soft on terrorists

Man-made climate change is a LIE

SelesFan70 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:48 PM
Enjoying married life.
Wigglytuff's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: lolcat
Posts: 20,038
i tried to post an image but i couldnt get it to work

anyway, pretty cool stuff. i can give you list of people that belong in a zoo.

"racism is dead, it died when MLK walked on a bridge and freed the slaves. Now we have a socialist Kenyan president who is not an American and if anyone mentions race they are a reverse racist (while racism is dead, reverse racism is alive and well.) #whattheyteachyouatfox"
Wigglytuff is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Senior Member
decemberlove's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: My sin, my soul.
Posts: 10,519
They should be naked. And allowed to fuck. Otherwise, it seems too commercialized. Which it is, but it shouldn't.

....This is fucked up, fucked up....

This is your blind spot, blind spot.
It should be obvious, but it's not.

You cannot kickstart a dead horse
You just crush yourself and walk away
I don't care what the future holds
Cause I'm right here in your arms today
With your fingers you can touch me

I'll be your black swan, black swan
I'm for spare parts, broken up.

decemberlove is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2005, 09:31 PM
Senior Member
~{X}~'s Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: In The N.Y.C.
Posts: 21,175
Originally Posted by decemberlove
They should be naked. And allowed to fuck. Otherwise, it seems too commercialized. Which it is, but it shouldn't.
I agree, they should be naked and fucking. I would so go to London to see that.

SERENA 21 GRAND SLAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~{X}~ is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 2005, 02:51 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
SpikeyAidanm's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Travelling the Globe
Posts: 26,388
that's interesting
SpikeyAidanm is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 2005, 03:08 AM
Senior Member
~ The Leopard ~'s Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Kissing my little Lolita
Posts: 13,157
Originally Posted by decemberlove
They should be naked. And allowed to fuck.
As long as they're pretty specimens of Homo sapiens. Otherwise, that could be a very nasty sight.

Vin, kvinder og sang
~ The Leopard ~ is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 2005, 03:15 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 11,195
Good. It's not a PETA publicity stunt.
njnetswill is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome