Posted by Joel Stein
on Thursday, May 11th 2023:
In Reply to: Bronx Zoo posted by Rachel on Monday, May 8th 2023:
I recall many years ago a post here on The BRONXBOARD regarding both the Zoo and The Botanical Gardens. Does anyone know it's veracity or resolution. Along with the first post I'm including a second post regarding The Bronx Borough President's Office.
I don’t know for how long this has been going on but it has to stop. The Bronx Zoo found the tunnel under Fordham Road that connects it to the Botanical Gardens. In order to save money they’re releasing animals at night from the zoo into the gardens to feed. It started innocently enough, a few goats, a couple of deer, six monkeys, you know, animals that could be trusted not to do any damage and return before daylight. It’s when they realized that the tunnel was large enough to allow even giraffes to cross that they assumed it was built for that purpose. The Bronx Borough Presidents Office saw this as a way to balance their budget. Hey, it’s no joke feeding all these damn animals and we have a veritable forest right across the street. They opened the flood gates and at midnight any day of the week you couldn’t tell the difference between the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The biggest problem is that the headcount going in is much larger than the headcount coming out. It’s anyone’s guess where all the missing animals are going. A few coyotes were accounted for in lower Manhattan, but we’re talking apes, large cats, zebra and even two giraffes. Not only that but they turned the beautiful gardens into a real $hithole.
When confronted with the issue of missing animals, the Bronx Borough President’s Office denied all knowledge. Later in the investigation they changed their story to no lions were missing. They claim the Botanical Gardens Administration told them that the gardens were entirely fenced in. A gardens spokesman said; “What are you nuts, we wouldn’t allow loose animals, with or without fences.” Since then, an unidentified Bronxboard poster alerted the vice-president of the zoo who referred us to the Bronx Borough President’s Office. The zoo spokesman claimed he was only following instructions and for us to keep him out of it. He went on to say that a number of animals were found in the recently closed 175th Street and Morris Park Ave underpass, which is less than two blocks from the zoo. None have been returned to the zoo as they are refusing to leave the underpass. It appears that a group of concerned citizens from 138th Street and St Ann’s Avenue has been feeding them. The Animal Planet television network is investigating. They’re looking into the possibility of a new reality series where visitors enjoying nature in what they think is a safe park like setting are confronted by a bunch of wild animals. A network spokesman said; “the possibilities are endless.”
Reference ID: BX91379
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