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[PA Comic] Monday, June 9, 2014 - Spectral Cat

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  • GilhelmiGilhelmi Registered User regular
    *singing*Pokemon, Ga'ta Catch em' All, Pokemon

  • silence1186silence1186 Character shields down! As a wingmanRegistered User regular
    That is a look of pure murder in Gabe's eyes in panel 3. Things are about to get feral at the zoo.

  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I just want to say how much I love seeing Penny Arcade morphing to include more and more adventures in parenting.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    At our zoo, you can always just see the cheetah's ass. They park in the deep brush, but they're no good at making sure their butts don't stick out.

    What is this I don't even.
  • DVGDVG No. 1 Honor Student Nether Institute, Evil AcademyRegistered User regular
    Is it weird to wonder how cartoon Gabe the Junior grew up so fast?

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  • DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    I did not notice the red eyes on the final panel on my first read through. Genius.

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    This is why zoos with scheduled feeding times are the best.

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
  • TheDrifterTheDrifter Registered User regular
    This is why zoos with scheduled feeding times are the best.

    Cheetah doesnt want to be fed, he wants to hunt!

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    "Just the tips"

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  • ObstreperousObstreperous Registered User regular
    R.I.P. zoo keeper.

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    Meanwhile, at the giraffe pen...

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  • fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    this is basically every time i've gone to a zoo.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    edited June 2014
    I have seen cheetahs at zoos, like I was able to actually see them, but all they did was lay around in the shade under a tree. They are basically no different from housecats, active maybe 10% of the day, the rest of the time they are lazy as fuck (and also lazy-ass fucks). You're not going to, like, see them run 60mph or anything.

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  • scotty2haughtyscotty2haughty Registered User regular
    If this was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle--not a surprise.
    The Tacoma Zoo is WAY better. (One of the few instances in which Tacoma is better than Seattle).

  • AiouaAioua Ora Occidens Ora OptimaRegistered User regular
    If this was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle--not a surprise.
    The Tacoma Zoo is WAY better. (One of the few instances in which Tacoma is better than Seattle).

    Woodland Park Zoo has red pandas. Point Defiance? No red pandas. I think we all know who wins here.

    Also the red pandas are right next to the cheetah. Who wants to look at some dumb lazy cat when you can look at some red pandas?

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  • PandsPenPandsPen Registered User new member
    If this was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle--not a surprise.
    The Tacoma Zoo is WAY better. (One of the few instances in which Tacoma is better than Seattle).

    Have to disagree here. People who like the Tacoma Zoo better usually like it because the animals are more visible, but in many cases its because the animals are sitting in an open field or a grass island. It's a more old-school zoo setup. At the WPZ the animals are sometimes harder to see, but its generally better for them to be in more naturalistic environments. Tacoma zoo is more popular with people who want to see lots of animals in one convenient trip, and the WPZ is popular with animal scientists and people with memberships and patient families.

    Full disclosure, I worked at the WPZ years back.

  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    Mike's story write-up about the food court was great.

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  • wormspeakerwormspeaker Objectively Terrible Registered User regular
    I wish zoos would release live pigs, chickens, and rabbits into the predator enclosures instead of feeding them raw meat. People need to remember that wild animals are predators and they are prey. They are not cute and cuddly playthings. Would it scar children for life? If you consider understanding the frailty of life and the natural order scarring, then maybe we need to be scarred a little more often.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Some zoos do do that every once in a while. Some people are upset by it, some think it's cool.

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  • DonnictonDonnicton Registered User regular
    The first panel is why I make it a point to just pay for the damn damn Valet parking at PAX.

  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Releasing farm animals into a predator enclosure isn't really indicative of "nature".

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Also humans are a FAR, FAR greater threat to wild animals than they are to humans.

  • TubeTube Registered User admin
    If you get a kick out of watching a predator kill prey there's probably a specialist website you can go to rather than finding a justification for bringing senseless violence to the zoo. Unless your children are hunter gatherers, the whole "predators are dangerous" lesson isn't all that important to modern life.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    If they could somehow entice the cheetahs out with, like, giant laser pointers, though.

    That'd be good.

    What is this I don't even.
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  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    When I went to the zoo I saw some sweet bears and a super cool eagle.

  • ComradebotComradebot Lord of Dinosaurs Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    Story time, so y'all have been warned of the ramble to come:

    Went through some pretty rough events starting about a year ago, and my girlfriend decided to make it her mission to make sure I saw my favorite (extant) animal in the world as a means to cheer me up: Crocuta crocuta, better known as the spotted hyena.

    The Houston zoo, like most in the USA (and across the world), doesn't have spotted hyenas. After doing some research, we found two locations that supposedly had hyenas in the great state of Texas: the San Antonio Zoo and some wildlife sanctuary about nine hours away in west Texas.

    So we try to arrange a trip to not so far off San Antonio, delayed first by me going to a paleontological excavation in Snyder over the summer and then my awesome lady couldn't get time off work in the winter. Finally spring of this year rolls around and she gets some vacation time. We pack up and head to San Antonio for a romantic weekend of vodka, South Park re-runs, the Riverwalk, and, the real reason for the journey, awesome animals. Namely the hyena. Remember, me going to San Antonio to see my favorite animal in the world in person for the first time ever was the whole reason this trip first got planned.

    Sunday morning we head to the zoo. I grab a map, agree that the hyena will be the last stop we make so I can spend as much time there watching him (there was only a single male, apparently) for as long as I wanted. I even check the map and there it is marked, up at the top with most of the other large predators: hyena. Right next to the lions and... I dunno, something less interesting. Might've been the Nubian ibexes, which I guess were actually kinda cool.

    Typical zoo day follows: girlfriend fawns at all the adorable animals (even braves the reptile house with me for once!), I tell her about basically every animal in the park (not to brag, but I've been learning about every animal I can since I was three. I have a lot of useless animal facts to parlay). The bush dogs in particular we both loved (and they're named after Star Wars characters there!). If you've never seen a Bush Dog, do yourself a favor and google them now. They are, literally, the most adorable creature alive. They're the love children of grizzly bears and weiner dogs.

    At last, the moment comes: we head to the hyena den.

    "Umm... that's a pair of Bengal tigers," looks around panicking and spots a zoo employee, "Excuse me, ma'am? Where's the hyena?"

    "Oh, I'm so sorry... he was getting up there in age and the zookeepers didn't think he could handle the stress anymore of being in the zoo so he was retired earlier this month."

    "NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I went and sulked by the Japanese Giant Salamanders which, well... were just fantastic. So fantastic.


    So the entire trip: three hour drive, hotel room for the weekend... all to see a hyena that has gone to a hyena retirement home. My girlfriend, however, continued to prove her awesomeness by getting me a plush hyena out of the gift shop. Literally one of the greatest gifts I've ever gotten.


    And so the hunt continues. No other zoo in Texas keeps hyenas (closest I can find is I think in New Mexico?), I can't find that second location anymore, and the once planned Hyena Sanctuary of North America in central Texas has been voted down by the county it was going to be in (because rural Texas is a beautiful land unfortunately full of fail). But one day, someday, I will get to see a hyena and gaze upon its awesomeness.

    So be happy, Gabe, that you saw the tips of their ears. I didn't get to see so much as a hyena scrotum.

    I did, however, see a cheetah walking around super majestically in the open.

  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    We have a great hyena enclosure up here at the Toronto Zoo. It's a bit far from Texas, though.

    I've seen the cheetahs on numerous occasions, as well. ;)

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  • scotty2haughtyscotty2haughty Registered User regular
    PandsPen wrote: »
    If this was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle--not a surprise.
    The Tacoma Zoo is WAY better. (One of the few instances in which Tacoma is better than Seattle).

    Have to disagree here. People who like the Tacoma Zoo better usually like it because the animals are more visible, but in many cases its because the animals are sitting in an open field or a grass island. It's a more old-school zoo setup. At the WPZ the animals are sometimes harder to see, but its generally better for them to be in more naturalistic environments. Tacoma zoo is more popular with people who want to see lots of animals in one convenient trip, and the WPZ is popular with animal scientists and people with memberships and patient families.

    Full disclosure, I worked at the WPZ years back.

    Fair enough--the last time I went to either zoo was several years ago with a one-year-old in tow, arriving after a 4 hour drive from the east side of the state, so I likely fit into the "one convenient trip" demographic.

  • ComradebotComradebot Lord of Dinosaurs Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    We have a great hyena enclosure up here at the Toronto Zoo. It's a bit far from Texas, though.

    I've seen the cheetahs on numerous occasions, as well. ;)

    Aye, my google searches have shown me that you lucky Toronto folks (zero clue what y'all call y'alls' selves) have a hyena enclosure.

    Along with Rob Ford. The only interesting thing about the Houston mayor is that she's openly gay. Otherwise, she's pretty "meh" on all levels.

    Rob Ford, however, is now a living legend across the world.

  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    If they could somehow entice the cheetahs out with, like, giant laser pointers, though.

    That'd be good.
    Yeah, something like this:

    http://bigcatrescue.org/do-big-cats-like-lazer-pointers-2/

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    If they could somehow entice the cheetahs out with, like, giant laser pointers, though.

    That'd be good.
    Yeah, something like this:

    http://bigcatrescue.org/do-big-cats-like-lazer-pointers-2/

    Whaaaaaaaaat.

    So glad this exists.

    What is this I don't even.
  • Fidge GunkhausFidge Gunkhaus Registered User new member
    re: Gabe's Wildstar post

    I definitely love the change in gameplay when you decide to run a Dungeon or Adventure... but I do wish the rewards were better. If you've been keeping your crafting up to within 2 or 3 levels of your current level, nothing that drops is better than what you've got. So it's kinda frustrating to feel the elation of defeating a tricky, hard boss, only to see something drop that--even if you CAN use it--is straight up just worse than what you already had, before ever running any instances.

    Ah well. Fun's fun.

  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    Comradebot wrote: »
    We have a great hyena enclosure up here at the Toronto Zoo. It's a bit far from Texas, though.

    I've seen the cheetahs on numerous occasions, as well. ;)

    Aye, my google searches have shown me that you lucky Toronto folks (zero clue what y'all call y'alls' selves) have a hyena enclosure.

    Along with Rob Ford. The only interesting thing about the Houston mayor is that she's openly gay. Otherwise, she's pretty "meh" on all levels.

    Rob Ford, however, is now a living legend across the world.

    You'll have to come for the hyenas. Rob Ford is currently off display.

    Want to find me on a gaming service? I'm SwashbucklerXX everywhere.
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