No matter how you feel about the morality of zoos, there’s no denying that they’re a real breeding ground for some madcap tales. Indeed, whether it’s the animals reacting badly to their captive environment or simply visitors doing some extraordinarily reckless things around them, you don’t need to be out in the wild to see some genuinely wild things.
10. Donkeys separated for natural causes
In 2014 a Polish politician successfully had a pair of donkeys at a Poznan zoo separated into different cages. The reason? Offended mothers who didn’t want their children to see the donkeys mating, regardless of the animals’ natural urges. Of course, this didn’t go down too well with everyone else.
Thankfully, it wasn’t long before the couple, who had been together for a decade, found each other again. Indeed, the story hit national news, and thousands quickly signed a petition to undo the separation, while experts expressed concern over the donkeys’ psychological wellbeing. Eventually, the zoo relented and reunited the animals.