I Want To Buy A Zoo, Too

I’ve always loved animals. My dream was to runaway to Africa and live like the offspring of Jane Goodall and George Adamson. I really think that I could have a pet elephant, lion, tiger, monkey, shark, dolphin, so basically, I think I could have a zoo, as well.

I watched ‘Born Free’ over and over again. I researched George Adamson to see if I could figure out if I too could live with wild lions. When I read the Life article about Melanie Griffiths family living with lions I about died. It can be done! If I read a Buzzfeed post or news story about anyone living with wild animals I become useless for the rest of the day. I have to stare at the story and pictures for at least 3 hours and then spend the next 21 hours picturing my life with all my favorite animals.

When I read the story about Chips, I realized I needed to something about my problem. Chips is a young bobcat. Fire crews found her in August while battling a 75,000-acre fire. They removed her from the fire and kept her safe but when it came time to re-release her into the wild, they realized she’s too nice. THE WILD BOBCAT IS TOO NICE.

This is just like Elsa the lion. That’s what started George Adamson’s life in Kenya. He and his then wife were taking care of Elsa because she was a zoo lion, and she didn’t know how to survive. He taught her to be wild and they all ended up staying in Kenya to live with wild …

… lions.

These rescue workers are now trying to train Chips to get her own food and how to survive in the wild. These rescue workers are walking the path of George Adamson. That’s my path. This is not helping my dream of running away to Africa and living with wild animals.

This story came right a week before Jane Goodall was down the street from my house. Jane Goodall was within walking distance. Then, as you can see, this story came out. This is a sign. Time to start my path, I first thought to myself—I have almost an acre of land at my house … that’s enough room for an elephant, right? I could start with an elephant and then get a lion cub and they could be friends. That happens, right? Unlikely animal friends? Then those two can be friends with my two dogs. Except, my youngest pup has a little bit of aggression and I don’t want to know the outcome of the lion vs. the mongrel dog. Okay, so forget the lion for now … I’ll dig a pool and the dolphin can live there. But I don’t want to keep a dolphin in a pool … okay—twist my arm: I’ll move to the ocean. But I can’t really afford beach front property right now. There goes the dream.

It’s all over. Now I have to crawl into my large bed with my large dogs and watch Born Free at least twice to get through the rest of the week. Thanks a lot, George Adamson.

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