Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, March 8, 2004


Zoo Elephants


I went to the zoo yesterday and watched the elephants.

People were all around. I didn't say anything but I listened. I heard one man say, "They look psychotic."

You could see his point. One of the two elephants was rocking— one step forward and one backward, rocking in place. The other elephant would raise one front leg and hold it up a few seconds, then raise the other leg, back and forth, back and forth.

A woman said, "They look like they want to go back to the circus."

No one said they looked happy. No one said wow, what a beautiful natural habitat.

Just two stir-crazy elephants doing prison time, is what they looked like to me.

I know we can't send 'em back to Africa. Their habitat is shrinking. Ivory hunters kill them. If they can't be free, they should be in better conditions than a pathetic, plain pen with a few crummy toys lying around.

Go see the San Antonio Zoo elephants. You'll see what I mean. And yes, you executive Zoo wazoos are welcome to come on KTSA and explain to everyone that I'm very wrong, if you like.

But I'm not.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.





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