Humans on display at Bristol zoo
Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 August 2009
A KDnC member, who does not want to be named, has in the last few days won at the Internet. He put up this prank sign outside the cafe at Bristol Zoo and filmed it for YouTube. The video has been picked up by Wooster Collective, Derren Brown’s blog and by BoingBoing, getting thousands of views and lots of favourable comments in just three days. One commenter even assumed that the prank must be due to Banksy.
Update: Now local BBC Radio Bristol has got involved, running an item on its Breakfast show in which they interviewed zoo staff about the prank. Here’s the full five-minute item, including some misguided speculation that Banksy is responsible:
There was also a short item on Points West (local BBC TV news).
Here’s the text (as transcribed by a BoingBoing commenter). I particularly like the last line.
The human is one of the world’s most widespread species and is present on all continents.
After a gestation period of nine months the young usually live in the parents nest for around 16 years. While the parents are out foraging for food, juveniles are looked after in large groups by other adults.
In adolescence the offspring adopt a more nocturnal lifestyle and engage in ritualized activities of drinking fermented liquids and dancing to rhythmical sounds which scientists believe may help them to find a mate.
Humans usually pair for life retiring from most social activity and moving into brick or concrete nests once a partner is found. Pairs produce and average of 2 young.
They are known to adopt other species as pets, particularly dogs (canis lupus familiaris) and cats (felis catus)
The Human diet is very adaptable to regional crop varieties and personal tastes with some groups able to live almost exclusively on chipped potatoes and sugary drinks.
Groups of humans are often fed by unrelated individuals in exchange for tokens made of paper metal and plastic.
With the world population increasing by an estimated 200,000 every day, the species is not currently considered endangered.