I'm both saddened and VERY ticked off about this. Saddened for obvious reasons, and my heart goes out to the handlers involved as well as the other two giraffes.
Ticked off because I KNOW that this would NEVER have been allowed to happen at the original park, with the original management in charge, well before Sick Flags came in and did a 'Borg assimilation' number on the place!
DK's spokesperson was quoted in the Chronicle's article, saying something that had me scratching my head and going 'Huh?' Here's the quote.
"The park and the staff are extremely saddened by this, but we have to put that aside and get out there and go on autopilot," Chan said.
I would love to know exactly what she means by "going on autopilot." Perhaps she was more shaken up than she realized.
In any case... A couple of the comments posted on the Chronicle's site, in response to this article, echo what I've been saying since the takeover began: They need to decide if they want to be an animal park or a thrill-ride park, and NOT try to combine the two!
I also wonder how Busch Gardens has done it for years, but think tht it doesnt have to be an either or Thrills or Animals solution. (I used to think that'd be a terrible environment for animals, but all in all think this park is pleasant for both the humans & the animals. The two seem both well integrated, & seperated.When it comes to the treatment of animals. I do question their reintroduction of the dolphin petting. They used to have a porpoise petting pool at the Redwood city location, & I always thought they did away with it for concerns for cruelty. Though there is a plethora of Dolphin Quests out there, those programs through cost & education seem a higher caliber that just letting anyone at a mammal which is arguably smarter than us(they use sound & memory to "see") Essentially imprissoned & enslaved in this kind of service, not a dignified existance.