The Mirror has talked about Belfast Zoo and its “on the runs” (OTRs) before
With modernization, the EU and the Belfast/ GFA
the Zoo has abandoned its former Victorian-style restrictions on
freedom of movement and socialization
and has embraced an “open border” policy.
Despite this, the latest round of escapes is hardly surprising.
As Hurricane Brexit proceeds with UK politicians spinning in the whirlwind,
talk of Irish Unity rises.
Old memes circulate
Storm Erik provided the opportunity for a mass break-out from Belfast Zoo
Escapism had never really gone away, you know
It might have gone underground with the meerkats,
desperately tunnelling their way out, in a time-honoured escape mode
But some of the other animals decided to take an up-front approach
A couple of weeks ago
Amber, the red panda made a solo run.
Red pandas, like all red subversives, are an endangered species.
They need to be kept in custody for their own safety and to protect the public from them.
When she made her break for freedom, Amber was hoping to hole up in a safe house or garden but
the owners, as upstanding citizens, immediately called the authorities.
As she was led back in, the other inmates watched, murmured and waited
They seized their opportunity in Storm Erik’s aftermath, exploiting the Special Branch
Eye witnesses said there was no doubt the escape was “orchestrated”.
Comment: For the series “never let a good storm go to waste!”
The reaction of an eye witness was astounding
“The animal was “not aggressive” and “just watched” and therefore the experience had been “amazing“.
Many of the public will undoubtedly experience Irish Unity as “amazing”
The Authorities took a different view
Nuala McAllister, Alliance Councillor for North Belfast,
where the Zoo is situated,
called for an “urgent review” into “safety at Belfast Zoo”
Alliance Party Councillor Julian McGrath
“I’d like to see robust measures put in place to ensure this can never happen again.”
UUP Councillor, Alderman Chris McGimpsey
“the zoo should now close for two weeks to enable a thorough appraisal to be undertaken”
Comment: Belfast Zoo by any other name has already been closed for two years
Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party stated that
in his vision of the future Northern Ireland,
Theresa May must introduce direct rule Government
if No Deal escapes are agreed
Belfast Zookeeper Alain Cairns
said the zoo’s chimps were “quite cowardly”
so went back into their enclosure themselves during the incident.
Query: Does he really believe they self-police?
Maybe he does.
He then said
“They’re intelligent primates and
know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure,
so got back in themselves,”
“Staff are currently assessing how the chimp planned his escape from the enclosure”
Comment: As intelligent animals,
maybe they realized the game was up, punishment was on the way,
and decided to limit their coming hardship
Mr Cairns locked them in their cells (oops! inner enclosure)
and threatened to take away their trees so there would be no more special branches
A spokesperson Chimpanzee said, “We will never cease in our endeavour to seek asylum in Dublin Zoo.
As no deal Brexit looms on our horizon, my fellow chimpanzees and I decided this was our moment to strike for freedom”.