The Zoo With the Story

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  1. Wonderful zoo and will keep in mind the name Dartmoor. I love visiting zoos with my kids and have been to the one in Oakland & San Diego (in CA) and NC Zoo in NC here .Loved the pic of the tiger on top of the stone ! The star lion looks awesome as well!

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  2. Zoos are such a difficult topic; on one hand, I love that the animals are being saved and looked after carefully and many wouldn’t actually be alive had they been left in the wild…..but on the other, they’re rather undignified for such brilliant creatures. I can imagine i would HATE being stared at day in day out and having strangers invading my territory. Loved your post! To be honest, this zoo sounds brilliant – although it’s such a sad story about the family xx

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    1. You get me, Mia. I find it a struggle to deal with. Such magnificence contained within spaces — however large they might be — and all for our pleasure. It seems shameful and yet I know that it makes sense when the owner says that Siberian tigers have to be saved and replicated so that they can someday be reintroduced to the wilderness. Also yes, the ignominy of being stared at for a lifetime.

      But given all my nagging doubts about the topic, Dartmoor is beautiful and they have kept the animals well. The story of the Mee family is heartbreaking. xx

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  3. What a wonderful memory you have of the zoo. Loved seeing your photos of the inhabitants – especially the meerkats! They always look so alert and playful. The landscaping is very green and lush and the cheetah certainly looks comfortably taking a nap. Enjoyed the post! – Neek

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    1. Thank you Neek 🙂 The meerkats are one of my favourites with their comical cuteness. I mean I can imagine them with little waistcoats and hats even! The landscape of this entire national park is indeed divine. xx

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      1. Oh I am so in. I will watch that for sure.

        Did you see Saving Mr. Banks? Not that it featured any adorable pooh-inspiring bears, but so so good. Also makes me cry a bit for some reason. I am weak!

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      2. Yes, watch it. And for embracing tears, I have quite a few to embrace, but I think I am up for the challenge. 🙂 And I have already found A Bear Named Winnie on Amazon Prime. Hooray! I would watch tonight, but I fear it would take all of 10 minutes of credits for me to fall asleep. Hopefully tomorrow…

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  4. Nice! My daughter would love that place. (Plus, you inspired me to pen a new blog post which will come up eventually). Laughed out loud at “quite so challenged on the beauty front”. That’s so true yet they are (imagine little girl’s voice here) sooooooooooooooooooo cute!

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    1. Hah thanks Sheree, what makes Dartmoor special is that they let you know about these beauties at length so that you feel like you want to know them. I am not a fan either. I just do not know where to stand when it comes to zoos. xx

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  5. Such a great movie, Arundhati!
    Your picture of the tiger on the rock reminded me of the lions at our zoo here in Melbourne. This past week I have had family from overseas, staying with us, and over the weekend decided to take them to our zoo. Two lioness were majestically posing, still as statues, high on a thick wooden branch. We watched them for ages. Without movement, taking in their surroundings and not bothered by even a fly, such amazing creatures. Xx

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    1. That sounds hypnotic, Lorelle. A charmed moment…nature and her creatures are humbling 🙂 It is great to hear that you have watched the movie already. It is one of my favourite stories. To think that a family went ahead and actually bought a zoo, the practicality of life and losses be damned. xx

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  6. “And somehow I was left with a hypocritical disquiet that revolved around the dichotomy of the very existence of a zoo.” very nice ending, well-said. Even if we are appreciative, one has mixed feelings. (The meerkats are super-cute!)

    Dippy-Dotty Girl, how do you organize your previous trips, photos, etc., to be able to bring them together into new wonderful posts! You must be very organized. I enjoy them! 😉

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  7. Lovely zoo and a wonderful, sunny day to top up a perfect visit! I loved- ‘we bought a zoo’ as a kid…it hasn’t stood the test of time for me like soooo many others have (like Matilda) but still, visiting the place where it was shot, will indeed be surreal and enjoyable! The animals look well-cared for and the place looks very tranquil! I am sure you had a lovely time!

    P.S- BTW, are you excited for Oscars tonight? I haven’t watched any of the nominated films except for ‘I, Tonya’ but am always looking forward to the opening monologues, tearful or funny speeches) and memorable Oscar moments! 😉 xx

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  8. Watching it as a kid would have been special. I had a fight with it. Why on earth did they not shoot it in Dartmoor all through? I guess there might have been logistic problems but I found the location being changed to an entirely different continent a bit jarring. The rest however I loved 🙂 There is something about seeing the place that inspired the film and a book too by the owner of the zoo.
    I am excited. We are going to sit with a bucket of popcorn and see it in real time (for once). I am yet to watch ‘I, Tonya’. Is it worth it? We have so far watched ‘Dunkirk’, ‘The Post’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Victoria and Abdul’. I have at least two I want to watch today but I do not know if we will manage it given that we are stepping out for brunch with friends. But hoping to make a list and watch a fair bit later 🙂 Have fun, my lovely. I bet you will have an array of goodies lined up for the husband! xx

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