While I would prefer that wild animals not have to live in captivity, I support zoos because, first there’s not a lot of wild left and second, this bird would not survive in the wild.
You can make an argument that this bird shouldn’t survive and that evolution punishes accident-prone individuals in the same way it does genetics that don’t fit the environment. However, you can also make an argument that humans are altering the environment more quickly that evolutionary processes can adapt and that without a compensating mechanism, we will lose the majority of our biodiversity.
Both arguments are true. Only one applies to our lives and the lives of those we care about.
This bird is against vaccinations because three times as many people die from car crashes than from guns, and even more die from bad chemicals in the body*. This bird is bad at science and math, but pretty good at the Internet.
The Carolina parakeet was once prevalent in the eastern United States. Due to hunting, and the fact that their behavior included flocking around injured birds, it has been extinct since 1920 and can only be seen via specimens like this, in museums.
This owl knows you’ve broken that new year’s resolution and, as you did the same for three years running, thinks that maybe you should simply accept yourself, flaws and all — but won’t say anything, because that would be rude.
Yes, it’s just a simplified bower, made by a bowerbird. Not very impressive to look at … until you realize that we have no idea which bird behavior is new and which have continued since the age of the dinosaurs.
Did dinosaurs make bowers? We don’t know, but would you want to live in a world where they didn’t?