Friday, 17 October 2008

Jump, you bastards, or we'll have you jogging as well!

Associated Press - Porky porpoises

"Dolphins at a Japanese marine park are on a diet after developing potbellies and struggling in their performances. Kinosaki Marine World said its 19 dolphins have been on a diet since August, when they started failing to hit jumping targets."

2 comments:

Renee said...

I wonder if it occurred to these people that Dolphins aren't supposed to live this kind of life and if they were in the wild perhaps things would be different.

Phoenician in a Time of Romans said...

Definitely - in the wild, they migrate and they have to chase their dinners down. I suspect, however, the dolphins themselves prefer the feeding arrangements at the park.

However, given the problems keepers of primates and some of the smarter birds have, I truly have to wonder how much effort is put into keeping them intellectually stimulated. They're as smart as chimpanzees (supposedly) - if they were trapped without stimulation, it would be goddamned torture.