Friday, August 22, 2008

Too Stuffed to Matter?


Lest you think I am talking about over-indulging at dinner, here is a picture of a stuffed Emperor Penguin chick at the Natural History Museum. I don't know how that chick and his Mom got there but I suspect that there were two live penguins when it started. [Could they have salvaged two dead ones? Perhaps...] I suppose, if I had to pick, I prefer Zoos for that reason. Zoos attempt to breed and increase the population of endagered species, albeit in captivity and admittedly, only some zoos. Museums get animals and stuff them. Don't get me wrong, there is a place for both but I can't help but feel a little sad when I see all these magnificent wild animals posed and stuffed. It's just a little creepy... On the flip side, I met a woman in the Chicago Field Museum that was painting three dramatically posed antelope and she was simply thrilled to death that you could get animals in such amazing poses for her to paint. Where do you stand? To stuff or not to stuff?

2 comments:

The Hunky Gardener said...

I want to get stuffed when I die. At my funeral they can prop me up at the sound mike and a ventriloquist can make me sound like I am sharing my last words. On second thought, that sounds pretty morbid!

The Wayward Hawaiian said...

Heck, we could just dub you in and you could have some pre-prepared speech. That's the easy part. Ah, but what would you have "yourself" say? Thanks for coming! You all look really great in black. Yes, it takes years off doesn't it? I really want to dedicate this special day to.... Oh maybe it's just better that we can't say anything at our own funerals. Grin. It is about everyone else finally getting their say, eh?