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   Undertoad  Monday Feb 5 11:28 AM

February 5, 2007: Japanese throw beans at gorilla



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These are zookeepers and visitors at the Ueno Zoo, in Tokyo, and they are throwing beans at that gorilla. Beans! It's part of a traditional ceremony to dispel demons, to celebrate the coming of spring and drive out bad luck.

So they are pegging a gorilla with beans for good luck.

Ok.

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Sheldonrs  Monday Feb 5 11:45 AM

If the gorilla eats those beans, the demons won't be the only thing "dispelled".



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 5 01:47 PM

I'm confused.... are they throwing beans to obtain good luck for themselves, the gorilla, or the zoo? Wacky Japs.



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 01:51 PM

That is uncool...



Spexxvet  Monday Feb 5 02:00 PM

It's all just good fun until someone loses an eye...



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 02:17 PM

It is my understanding that the environment is supposed to be relaxing, wholesome, safe and happy for the animals...
Getting pelted with beans all day negates all of those.
He would be better off in the wild waiting to get poached.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 5 02:25 PM

In the wild it would be bird or monkey poop raining down.



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 02:37 PM

I doubt at that rate.



freshnesschronic  Monday Feb 5 02:43 PM

Uh, they are throwing beans. BEANS. What kinda 400 lbs gorilla would be physical hurt by beans. Maybe emotionally, but heh....

If I were a gorilla I'd be happy I get more variety other than leaves and twigs.



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 02:46 PM

How would you like to be put in a box and be pelted with something for twelve hours a day, every day?
It would drive you insane.



freshnesschronic  Monday Feb 5 02:48 PM

Um, that would have to be a transparent box.



glatt  Monday Feb 5 03:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by rkzenrage View Post
How would you like to be put in a box and be pelted with something for twelve hours a day, every day?
It would drive you insane.
No. It would be annoying, but wouldn't drive me insane. Where does it say that this is done for twelve hours a day, every day? The description says it is for a "ceremony." I admit that I don't know how long this particular ceremony lasts, but ceremonies I have been to take anywhere from 5 minutes to about 3 hours.


rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 03:39 PM

I mean no disrespect... but I do not think you have ever been locked in a box & treated like a thing.



glatt  Monday Feb 5 03:43 PM

No offense taken.

This is very similar to throwing rice at a couple after they are married. It probably lasted for several seconds. Maybe a minute. I don't know for certain, and am just guessing, but based on the expressions on their faces, it looks like they are all enjoying a moment of bean throwing.



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 03:59 PM

I did not know... I have a past. The ape area at zoos are "difficult" for me.
Geez, after my posts this last week, I seem like a loon. I assure you I'm not.



Flint  Monday Feb 5 04:02 PM

I really dislike zoos, and whenever I have been, I remember how the animals were exhibiting these bizarre behaviors as a result of being so unnaturally confined and ƒucked with. I'm not sure how you could enjoy seeing a trapped, living thing, pacing around it's tiny quarters, obviously distressed and hopeless. That being said... what appears to be happening in this photo is a few people making a feeble attempt to toss some beans over a high wall, and the gorilla doesn't even notice. I'm sure he has greater issues to contend with on a daily basis than a few beans, landing somewhat near him.



glatt  Monday Feb 5 04:03 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if the gorilla is annoyed by it, and I wouldn't want to be in a zoo if I was a gorilla. I also feel sorry for the gorilla, but I don't think it's being abused here.



Happy Monkey  Monday Feb 5 04:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
It probably lasted for several seconds. Maybe a minute. I don't know for certain, and am just guessing, but based on the expressions on their faces, it looks like they are all enjoying a moment of bean throwing.
Those zoo visitors are enjoying a moment. The question is whether it continues throughout the day as other zoo visitors go through.

But, as a spring-welcoming ceremony, I think it's safe to say that even if it's "twelve hours a day", it's not "every day".


glatt  Monday Feb 5 04:06 PM

It's also worth pointing out that this picture is totally taken from the gorilla's perspective, as these crazy humans are trying to hit it with beans. It's composed to encourage us to identify with the gorilla.



rkzenrage  Monday Feb 5 04:11 PM

Some zoos are important and save animals from extension and threats.
Some zoos are torture holes. I have seen both.
I have worked with the Tampa (Lowry Park) zoos insect department. I miss my scorpions, but I cannot take care of them any longer... that was a hard day.



Shawnee123  Monday Feb 5 04:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gorilla Blaine
It doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little Japs don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.



monster  Monday Feb 5 05:57 PM

Gorillas, beans, poached ....it's not Friday already is it?



SydneyBoy  Monday Feb 5 06:01 PM

Hey... that gorilla's got arms. If he's pissed off with the beans being thrown he can throw them back.

Or go and give a big blowfish on the window. With his hairy bum.



Cloud  Monday Feb 5 10:45 PM

better than the gorilla throwing shit at you



Scriveyn  Tuesday Feb 6 02:43 AM

Just you wait until the beanstalks grow and gorilla Jack climbs out ...



funkykule  Tuesday Feb 6 09:48 AM

Zoos suck. I'm with RK in that I'm delighted about conservation etc. but I hate the "just for show" aspect of them. I also dislike circus for that reason. The worst is the elephants, they are so intelligent and you can see they fucking hate it.



CharlieG  Tuesday Feb 6 11:33 AM

Can NOT resist any longer

Cool Beans.....



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Feb 6 11:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieG View Post
Can NOT resist any longer

Cool Beans.....
lol!!!

Actually, the beans look kind of old. I think they might be has beans.


Shawnee123  Tuesday Feb 6 11:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
lol!!!

Actually, the beans look kind of old. I think they might be has beans.
Needed that laugh today, Sheldon! :p


Spexxvet  Tuesday Feb 6 11:51 AM

Bean there, done that, because I am a human bean.



rkzenrage  Tuesday Feb 6 12:02 PM

Beanafit of being in a Japanese zoo?



Gawa  Thursday Feb 8 01:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by rkzenrage View Post
Some zoos are important and save animals from extension and threats.
Some zoos are torture holes. I have seen both.
I have worked with the Tampa (Lowry Park) zoos insect department. I miss my scorpions, but I cannot take care of them any longer... that was a hard day.
Heaven forbid...let's save an animal from extension, they're hairy enough already!


monster  Thursday Feb 8 09:00 PM




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