The Si Zoo
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Cleo, a black cat, feels he (there was a time when we thought he was a she) owns the house as much as we do. On the south side of the house, a Rufus hornbill shares a cage with Turk, a Celebes black ape (actually a short-tailed monkey, not an ape) and some rabbits. Inside their cage is a smaller cage with the green Iguana
Turk is a friend of Shobe, the Rottweiler who lives in one of the adjoining cages. But the monkey doesn't get along with Kango, the tree kangaroo who lives in another neighboring cage. Also in cages are a green naped lorikeet and 5 African lovebirds. A few weeks ago, our white Cockatoo cut a hole through its cage and escaped. Sometimes we still see it around. Running loose are some pigeons, an English Pointer named Hurricane (Uri for short), Storm, a Rottweiler who is nursing five pups right now, Thunder, a cross between a labrador and a bullmastiff (looks like a black labrador), and Flash, a labrador trained to do tricks and agility runs. The least troublesome are some gold fish and angel fish in a 40 gallon tank in our front porch.
Today, we lost Turk and three of the baby rabbits who lived in Turk's cage. We don't know which of the dogs are responsible for the massacre. Can't blame the dogs, though. This wasn't the first time Turk opened the gate of his cage. Our fault for not putting a more secure lock. Michelle is broken hearted. Turk was her baby, the gift she asked for when she turned 18 last December. I too am sad. If I had my way, there wouldn't be a Si Zoo. Maybe the dogs and the cat. I love animals and for that reason, think wild animals should stay in the wild.