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Planet Earth

Zoo Animals Join the Unemployed Ranks, Make Videos

DiscoblogBy Boonsri DickinsonMarch 24, 2009 8:51 PM

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Even porcupines are visiting the unemployment office these days. After New York governor David Paterson proposed taking away all funding to the state’s zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums for the 2010 fiscal year, the Wildlife Conservation Society decided to post a viral video, hoping to create enough opposition to the suggested budget cut. In it, a porcupine called Wednesday is fired from the Bronx Zoo and goes on a job hunt. At first, he appears to be pretty employable. But Wednesday lacks computer skills — he never learned to use power point in his time at the zoo. So when he's not looking for a job, he’s making ends meet by standing in front of the zoo entrance and holding a "please help" sign.The gesture is cute, but seems to be putting an overly-kind spin on the truth: If the budget cuts are made, zoos must cut back on the variety of animals. What will they do with the animals they have to "cut"?

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