The Gaza Zoo

 

I have always thought that opening up a zoo of taxidermy would be a wonderful idea. Getting to touch dangerous or exotic animals would be such a mesmerizing experience! However, I recently came across a taxidermy zoo that isn’t quite as enchanting as I expected…

At the Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip, animals that die are stuffed and then put back on display. Normally, I would cringe at the usage of the word “stuffed” when discussing taxidermy; however in this case that is exactly what is done. Professional taxidermists as well as supplies are scarce here, so the animals are preserved using sawdust and formaldehyde. This grotesque method has led to the animals missing chunks of skin, eyes, and even limbs. This crude method was learned online.

This abundance of decaying animals can be in part due to the lack of veterinary attention (medical advice is given over the phone from a vet in Egypt), hunger, and the dangerous conditions associated with the Gaza Strip.

Conditions don’t improve much for the living animals. In an attempt to create a zebra display, donkeys were painted with stripes. The cages are assembled from fences that surrounded a Jewish settlement in Israel that was dismantled in 2005.

Anti-Israeli propaganda disguised as humorous human interest?

The only animals on display native to the area are the birds. All of the other animals were smuggled in.

Although it is somewhat morbid and macabre, this zoo does provide an otherwise unattainable experience for local children. Many of them would otherwise never get to experience these animals, and even in their despicable state, they are a treat to see.

-C

Photos:

http://exchangegoldforcash.com/money/u-s-government/president/2012-election/breitbart/stuffed-animals-join-live-ones-in-gaza-zoo/

http://www.3news.co.nz/Gaza-zoo-Stuffed-animals-join-live-ones/tabid/1160/articleID/251436/Default.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/blogs/id/n5Zre9kI3CQ

http://undhimmi.com/2009/10/09/friday-photo-those-evil-zebra-denying-jooz/

http://circusnospin.blogspot.com/2012/04/gaza-zoo-puts-stuffed-animals-in-cages.html

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Look, Darling! I Knitted You a Tree!

This past week, A introduced me to something that even I found odd…Knitting Bombing / Yarn Bombing / a ton of other names. It is a type of street graffiti where instead of using the normal means of graffiti (spray-paint, chalk, etc.) people knit outrageous public displays.

Honestly, I have no idea how this is even done. First off, when does boredom set in? I struggle to keep my concentration throughout the process of making a hat, let alone the time it would take to knit a car…Second, how do you know how much to make? There are no “patterns” for, let’s say, an oak tree! Is it hit and miss? Third, what if it rains?

As muchas I seem to be putting it down, I am not. Rather, I am fusturated that I cannot do something so amazing. Please, if someone does this LET ME KNOW HOW YOU DO IT!

Now that my true motive has been discovered, I’m going to share another thing that I discovered during my course of looking at Yarn Bombing. Knitted “taxidermy”. This stuff is too cute for words, so I’ll just share a few photographs.

(that one isn’t quite knitted, but still! It is too cool!!)

Alright, well to conclude I’m just going to say thank you to everyone who has been viewing this blog. A and I have been flabbergasted to see that people are actually reading this. Yippie!!!

-C

P.S.: I’m working on a project for Tuesday…wish me luck! haha

Picture Credits:

http://picocool.com/art/guerrilla-knitting-aka-yarn-bombing-goes-global/

http://8jonesstreet.blogspot.com/2011/06/prep-for-international-yarn-bomb-day.html

http://www.pirateknitting.com/2011/05/u-is-for-urban-knitting-aka-yarn.html

http://sailorbaby.tumblr.com/post/7275017151/therhumboogie-nathan-vincent-has-a-very-shauna

http://en.topictures.com/knitted%20taxidermy

http://roseannebroadley.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

http://greeneyed.com/2011/08/faux-taxidermy/stag-2/

http://wherethewoollythingsare.tumblr.com/post/735856676/bear-rug-2005-crocheted-and-latch-hooked-yarn