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Daze at the Zoo
Poem by Elizabeth Cheung
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Daze at the Zoo
Poem by Elizabeth Cheung

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Daze at the Zoo

by Elizabeth Cheung

Gus, a polar bear
Compulsively swimming figure eights in his pool
He stalked children
“The bipolar bear with trichotillomania”
Visitors complained he looked mangy
Prozac
Then $25,000 worth of behavioral therapy.  

Stereotypic behavior,
(Repetitive behavior that serves no obvious purpose
A sign of psychological distress
The external symptoms of mental illness)
Zoochosis

Tom, a gorilla
Moved hundreds of miles
A good genetic match for a zoo’s female gorilla
Abused by the other males
Lost a third of his body weigh
Sobbing and crying
He hid in a corner and tore off his fingernails
Visitors complained they never saw his face.


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