“Quick! Somebody Call the Exterminator!”

Mother Goose is tolerant of bugs. I can easily remove a beetle, an ant or a spider from the house without too much trouble. In fact, I deeply care about all forms of life. If you read my investigative report yesterday, then you are fully aware of some of the problems we experienced at a recent visit to the Brookfield Zoo. We were shocked and appalled at certain conditions in the cages and homes of the animals. We were especially saddened by the poor wombat who was the butt of jokes throughout the day as he lay in his habitat with an unlit Marlboro on his tummy, dropped there by a very rude zoo guest.

As we progressed through the park, we quickly realized that the zoo was not only neglectful of the cleanliness of the animal homes, but apparently also completely ignorant of the infestation of giant bugs in the eastern portion of the park. Try not to gasp too loudly as Mother Goose shares her expose` on this shocking zoo phenemenon.

This was a little too much for Mother Goose to handle.

Not an ordinary ladybug, nor an Asian ladybug.

A hideous infestation.

Normally I enjoy the company of the praying mantis — however, I was uncomfortable with the thought of having this one as a prayer partner…

A dragonfly the size of a Black Hawk! I kid you not…

Probably not a true honeybee…probably more like a tracker jacker.

The look on Ben’s face says it all: thoroughly disgusted with the whole scene.

Here’s what the zoo has to say about these bugs: Xtreme BUGS were built exclusively for Brookfield Zoo and invade this summer for a limited time. Massive state-of-the art animatronic bugs move about in larger-than-life scenes highlighting life in a bug’s world. A winding trail leads to ants feasting on a scorpion, spiders hunting, bees pollinating, and so much more!

Here’s what Mother Goose has to say about these bugs: Call Terminix and get rid of the big, stupid bug exhibit. Spend your time, money and effort on taking better care of the real animals in your zoological garden place. Don’t get distracted from your stated mission: “The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.”

Can we seriously believe your mission when there’s harmful trash in the animals’ homes? C’mon zoo keepers, do your job!

And that’s about all that Mother Goose should say about that…

Be kind to one another today, and be kind to the animals.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 10:57:02

    Natalie, is the condition of the zoo something that’s worsened recently? I wonder if it’s under “new management”???


    • Natalie
      Aug 02, 2012 @ 21:17:39

      Dianna, as far as I know, nothing has changed within the Chicago Zoological Society, except for this big distraction of putting together “special” exhibits. Xtreme Bugs must have cost at least a million dollars to design and build at the zoo. I’d rather see that money go towards the LIVE animals. Just sayin…


  2. Bunn
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 12:33:04

    I agree! Get rid of the stupid fake bugs! Take care of the beautiful real animals!


  3. bodhisattvaintraining
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 18:13:54

    you go girl 🙂


  4. jeff noel
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 20:25:03



  5. Three Well Beings
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 00:41:59

    What a fun place…my granddaughters would love this! They are at the bug-loving stage in their development! D


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