The death of an Orca whale on January 6 was a very sad event. We’ve heard a good number of reports over the years regarding these magnificent creatures being washed ashore at the end of their lives. While not the largest animal known to man [that distinction is reserved for the Blue Whale], Orcas are not light-weights either. They are known to weigh up to 6 tons in weight and 32 feet in length, at full maturity.
At this dark time of year people don't usually think of braving the cold to go to the zoo -- especially at night. During the month of December zoos all over North America change this up by creating month-long events called Zoo Lights or Wild Lights. They decorate their grounds with millions of twinkle lights and displays of animals made of lights right alongside the live animals that live there.
Zoos have been under intense scrutiny in the U.S., as more and more animal advocacy groups protest against the inhumane treatment of animals held in captivity. In my recent blog titled, “Are Zoos & Animal Captivity Outdated Paradigms,” I referenced the killing of the 450-pound gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in addition to the derelict treatment of orca whales at Sea World, and the retirement of dolphins from the National Aquarium.
In this world we are sometimes overwhelmed by horrible, ugly events. It can become difficult to remember how much beauty exists amid all of this. This video is a great example of pure joy. If you need a pick-me-up, this is worth a glance.