Penguins at the Zoo
My impulse is fed by an irrepressible necessity to get away from the beige and brick-depressing walls of a hotel. Once I fled from this hotel, I immediately drew on my animal lover’s spirit and rushed to the zoo for the first time. After fifty-five minutes, I found myself at the zoo entrance, pushing impetuously a decaying handle of a heavy and worn glass door. Once I set it aside, I let my feet take unhurried and dubitative steps toward the exhibition of oceanic birds that I love, Penguins.
Standing in a short line, ¬¬ I viewed the penguins’ exhibit a few steps outside the invisible doorway of a rocky cave. Seeing this place made me feel as excited as a five-year-old kid eager to open up his Christmas presents. As I stood there, I felt the summer sun beat down intensely. There was a scorching suffocation caused by an utterly unbearable temperature that exceeded 48 degrees Celsius; the rays of the sun felt like flames of fire on my skin.
A 36-year-old couple with two young children of around three and five years old, stood ahead of me. The children wore red Spider-man hats, but beads of sweat rolled down the unprotected foreheads of their parents. The three-year-old boy drowned himself in a sea of frustration due to the impossibility of fitting a green, plastic, penguin toy in his smaller white, woolen bag; tears of anger and impotence streaming down his rosy cheeks.
“Henry, it doesn’t fit in it!” said his father with a tired and impatient voice. “It does,” cried the upset boy. “You’re fine, Hen, we are all going to watch real, and well-fed penguins now, look,” his mother said excitedly. The boy’s facial expression was filled up with enthusiasm and his concerns grew wings and flew a...
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...penguins were given everything, they did not make a minimum effort to hunt their food, they were taken away from their natural wildlife where they belonged, and now they survived in a restrained environment.
The excitement I first felt when stepping inside the exhibit was ephemeral; it faded away as I walked through it. The sentiment toward what I considered exciting, eventually became weaker, and feebler until evaporating like tasteless dry ice cubes exposed to cool water, and revealing the rejection that remained hidden within. Once the exhibit was over, I wanted to leave a location immediately. So I ran out of the place and found myself pulling the same rusted handle of the glass door that I used to enter. And although I went to the zoo with the intent of escaping depression and loneliness, I left it feeling gloomy, depressed and desiring not to visit a zoo again.
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