Sooner or later, the Lujan Zoo in Argentina is going to get around to providing an excellent demonstration of how evolution works. This is not necessarily because the zoo does a good job of explaining the science behind it, but rather because they let people ride the animals.
The full article is available here. (via Lowering the Bar)
There’s a lot to say about this, but I think all the blithering is nicely summed up by:
Just because nothing has happened yet does not mean nothing will ever happen.
This sort of thing happens all over the place — although slightly less often here in Litigation Land — and it always, always ends in idiocy. It’s just a matter of time. It wouldn’t be half the tragedy it is if looney behavior like this:
- didn’t reward the zoo management with money from eager (and often foolish) consumers,
- didn’t encourage other facilities (and the general public) to repeat this kind of behavior,
- didn’t inevitably end in some poor soul (often someone’s child) getting his/her face ripped off,
- and didn’t inevitably result in the animal(s) involved being euthanized when that happens (they must be vicious!).
I worked with the public and hand-raised wolves for ten years, very carefully supervising a lot of wolf-human interaction, and this kind of thing makes my hair stand on end. (It can be done safely, but not like this!)