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June 30, 2014

Think About It: Going Ape

A chimpanzee escaped from his enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo last week, perhaps hoping he could get to an early premiere of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".  Upon managing his exit with the theme music from "Mission Impossible" playing in his mind, he was stunned to see people lying just outside the zoo fences in the parks amid shopping carts filled to the brim with belongings. After gathering his wits, the chimp proceeded to check out a Kapiolani park restroom, and opted to avoid it due to the decrepit conditions he found. Sadly, he decided that life inside the zoo might be better than life right outside the zoo.

While the animals have little choice about their zoo environments, the animals who run things outside the zoo are having a hard time keeping up with the litter overflow, the homeless moving from site to site in a dysfunctional whack-a-mole game, park and beach structures in disrepair, grassless, overused and under-serviced parks, cigarette butts strewn everywhere by selfish people killing themselves slowly, parking lots at public facilities in need of repair, roads that provide natural yet unwanted auto axle massages, etc., etc.

Despite denials by some, chimpanzees really are actually the closest relatives to humans in the animal kingdom. Like humans, chimps are highly territorial and can be very aggressive, especially the males. And while I was kidding about the plight of the wayward chimp at the zoo who, in reality, was calmly tranquilized and safely returned to his habitat, I wasn't kidding about the angst being caused by human inattention to detail as it relates to public infrastructure and struggling people who don't have a place to call home. Our evolution continues, sometimes too slowly. Think about it…

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