Baking cupcakes this afternoon and I have done some bad things.
Made a dark chocolate ganache for icing, and some chocolate whipped cream for frosting. And also some strawberries. I can’t stop eating strawberries and chocolate whipped cream.
SAVE ME FROM MYSELF
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I can provide examples.
Please do because I got bombarded with angry zebra lovers last night.
Guys. Just because you like their stripes doesn’t mean they’re striped horses.
Ok, kids, as some of you may know, I am a former zookeeper. I actually worked with zebras in a few of the facilities (that I am keeping vague for privacy reasons). Here are some examples of pretty common zebra behavior that I have personally witnessed:
- They can be assholes, yes. At one facility the Grevy;s stallion would torment the rhinos. He would run up and bite their tails or sides, then dodge around to the other side and do it until the rhinos got so fed up they’d charge him. He wasn’t fast enough one day. I’ll let you figure out what happened. (Answer: he was euthanized very quickly)
- At one of my facilities there was a mixed species exhibit with Nubian Ibex and common plains zebra. These guys had been living together for years, until one day a few of the zebras decided there were one too many goats around and took out one of the ibex, unprovoked.
- Zebra are notoriously reactionary. To the point that there’s a quote in the industry referencing how often they kill themselves. I personally witnessed a two year old stud spook, run into a fence, and break his own neck. This is not an uncommon event.
- Once when I was patrolling pastures and stepped outside of the truck, one of the Grevy’s decided that I didn’t need to be there and charged at me. I don’t know how many of you have been charged by a 15 hand horse that honest to god wants you dead, but even in a truck it’s kiiiiind of scary.
- In another instance, I was closing gates and two of the boys were running around like idiots in the field behind me. I was sheltered via utility vehicle with another keeper watching my back. One of the boys bore down on me so hard I jumped into my coworker’s lap in the vehicle since my other option was death by zebra.
- I also worked with a Grevy’s stallion who would pace the fence separating two pastures and call at the animals on the other side. We had to stop tours several times because he was near the gate. If he got through the gate into the other pasture, it was like watching a UFC match. Didn’t matter what was over there at the time: Przewalski, camel, various species of deer. They were all toys to be harassed.
- Not something I personally witnessed, but one of my bosses knew a woman who saddle trained a Grevy. I jokingly asked how many bones she broke and was told that at last count the animal had broken both of her legs and an arm.
Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, the ear-biting incident I referenced in another post was actually an onager. Which brings me to my next point: humans have domesticated pretty much the only equids worth domesticating. There is a reason that the various zebra species, Przewalskis, onagers, kiangs, kulan, Somali wild asses, etc are still wild. They tend to be nearly impossible to train, aggressive, and highly reactionary, relying on instinct. I do not mean to say that these animals are “stupid” or “worthless” or anything of the sort. I just mean to point out that there valid reasons these creatures were not chosen to work with early humans.
Think of it this way: we have plenty of cows, right? But bison are in the same family, they can interbreed with cows, why didn’t we domesticate them? Because they possess inherent qualities that make them not suited to easy domestication (such as increased aggression as compared to cattle, as well as less milk production, etc etc). The same goes for a lot of bovids, but that’s really not the point here.
I seem to have written a novel and digressed a bit, but here are a few of the reasons zebras are not to be trusted, and certainly not to be pets.
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@3 days ago with 94 notes
Little zebra up the road from the barn!
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before just how much I dislike “pet” zebras.
That being said, she’s really stinking cute.
Well, at least the mares are slightly less likely to rip off your arm. However, I know one that bit off an ear, so…trade-offs.
(As much as I loathe private ownership of exotics, at least she’s a pasture ornament instead of being ridden)
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Forget cat cafes. Or black cat cafes. Or penguin bars. Japan’s latest novelty cafe is the “fukurou cafe” (フクロウカフェ), or the “owl cafe.”
Owl cafes like Fukurou no Mise (“Owl Shop”) and Tori no Iru Cafe (“The Cafe with Birds”) started getting noticed online in Japan late last year.
This summer saw more owl cafes open, and currently there are owl cafes like Fukurou Sabou (“Owl Teahouse”) in Tokyo, Owl Family in Osaka, and Crew, another owl cafe in Osaka, among others.
omg must go live here o.o
This seems like a colossally terrible idea.
Since I’m a nerd, and that Przewalski-for-sale ad has me a bit upset, I decided to look into the Przewalski stud book. And I’ve found some of my babies! I’m not all the way through it, but I’ve found two of the kiddos I worked with way back when and found out they were by the same stud. This is exciting.
@4 days ago
i use the word fuck so excessively i sometimes forget it’s a swear word
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