Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Interesting Zoo Wildlife

Thank you FlutePrayer. Now, on to our regularly scheduled post. . .

L.A. Zoo, Zoo, Zoo.

Wow, I don't even remember how long ago it was, but that was the commercial slogan used to advertise the Los Angeles Zoo ages ago. It just popped into my head.

Hmm. Unfortunately, now it's lodged there firmly with a good chance it's going to drive me insane before I can finish writing this post.

L.A. Zoo, Zoo, Zoo.

I'm jazzed to be posting tonight. It's a lot more fun when I've seen or done something interesting worth writing about. Not that I didn't have some difficulties in getting this written up. I posted the pictures, but was delayed while Blogger worked out a temporary network hiccup. Yeah, Blogger experiencing difficulties.

Go figure. That rarely happens.

My life in news took a slight turn for the better this week. I'm still on the team working with our fellow photogs to make sure everyone is up to speed on the new equipment.

Guess what I got to do. Come on, guess.

I got to go out into the field. We're past the classroom portion of the training and now we're out in the real world putting the people and the equipment though the paces of actually covering the news.

The big story of the day (for me at least) was the announcement of Ruby the Elephant's retirement from the zoo to an elephant habitat near Sacramento.

That's Ruby.

I understand the arguments made by animal rights activists and I understand the zoo supporters who believe large animals can be held in captivity. It's an interesting conflict, but I have to confess that even though I'm more inclined to see wild animals be left in the wild, it hasn't been a pressing concern.

It was just good to be out in the field again. I liked being there and getting a sense of things for myself. I don't know if viewers watching the news can ever get the same feeling as I do when I'm actually there for a story.

I suppose that's part of what we're supposed to do.

Maybe I should have been more concerned. I'm feeling out of practice for the real job I signed on to do. I know my focus wasn't where it should have been, but I'm not beating myself up. It was a smaller story. There wasn't really anything to miss, but it'll help me keep in mind how important it is to stay focused when I'm doing my job.

All in all? Good practice. I'll try not to forget the lesson I learned.

. . .okay, and one more time. L.A. Zoo, Zoo, Zoo.

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